35% of Americans ask Dr. Google for medical diagnoses – As reported in today’s USAToday, as published in Health Online 2013 | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released today. Another fine piece of internet geology by community colleague Susannah Fox (@susannahfox).
Primary source for health information: not much change since 2002
I went back and compared health seeking behavior from 2002, 2011, and 2012 (when this latest survey was done), and found … not much change in terms of primary source for health information. Click here to link to those reports, I really did review them, it’s all about accuracy in this social media world :).
Is it okay if I quote myself? I’m going to anyway, from my post on being a family physician in the decade of the patient:
The decade of the patient is only going to make you, compassionate, caring, curious, doctor, even more important in people’s lives. All you have to do is keep listening.
Here are a few additional comparison slides. I did read the whole report, and you should, too, because there’s a lot more information there than just this data. For example, I also noted is that more respondents this time reported getting health information from their doctor online (instead of in person), 8% up from 4% in 2011. It’s a journey, we’re all necessary and as our patients changing, our doctors are changing, too. I think there’s a bright future ahead for all of us, together.
Do you see other interesting trends as a patient, doctor, member of society?