How The Web Helps
Of those surveyed, 92% said their online search was useful and 81% said they learned something new. About 47% of those seeking help for themselves said the answers influenced their decisions about treatment, and 36% of people looking on behalf of others said the same.
Health-centric Web services such as WebMD and DrKoop.com have emerged to provide answers to health questions, but most of the people surveyed had scattered searching pattern that brought them to many sites.
The survey also found that 86% of health seekers are concerned about getting unreliable health information. Still, 64% of the respondents said they had never heard about the websites they ended up consulting before they began their search.
- By Anya Khait