65% of Patients Trust Online Health Information, Report Success in Self-Diagnosis

About 65 percent of Americans trust online information when it comes to their health, according to a new survey by Wolters Kluwer Health
The study was conducted by IPSOS, an advertising research company, with more than 1,000 U.S. consumers ages 18 and older. Survey questions focused on consumer perceptions of and practices around using online resources and information to answer medical questions.
Key findings include:
Forty-eight percent of respondents report they turn to the Internet to find answers before a physician visit.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents who seek medical information online reported that this has made them better-informed patients.
Approximately 63 percent of respondents claim to have never misdiagnosed themselves when using medical information resources.
Three in ten respondents reported that they "always" or "frequently" turn to the Internet to find answers to medical questions.

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