47 percent of adults use the Internet to find information about their health
These e-patients report that they receive better health services from their online searches.
E-patients, otherwise known as Internet patients, are health consumers who use the Web to find information about medical conditions.
These savvy surfers use electronic communication to find information for family, friends and their own ailments.
E-patients are equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged, equals, emancipated and experts.
E-patients report two outcomes from their health information searches: better health information and services, and a different (not always better)
relationship with their doctor
E-patients are increasingly active in their care and demonstrate the power of participatory medicine, also called Health 2.0 or Medicine 2.0.
Here are some stats about e-patients from the Pew Internet and American Life Project Report:
47 percent of adults have used the Internet to get information about doctors or other health professionals
38 percent found information about hospitals
33 percent found how to lose or control their weight
27 percent found information about health insurance
41 percent of e-patients have read someone else’s commentary or experience about health or medical issues on an online news group or blog
24 percent of e-patients consulted online rankings or reviews of hospitals
12 percent found information about how to stay healthy on an overseas trip
24 percent consulted rankings or reviews of doctors
19 percent signed up to receive updates about health or medical issues
13 percent listened to a podcast about health or medical issues
5 percent reviewed a doctor
4 percent reviewed a hospital
Nicola Ziady, a contributor for Ragan’s Health care Communication News, is manager of Interactive Media and Communications. A version of this article
originally appeared on her blog,
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