Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pew Internet Report on “Peer-to-peer Healthcare” | Journal of Participatory Medicine

Pew Internet Report on “Peer-to-peer Healthcare” | Journal of Participatory Medicine

This week, the Pew Internet Project posted the findings of a study, “Peer-to-peer Healthcare,” conducted in collaboration with the California HealthCare Foundation. As the title suggests, the highlight of the study is the fact that 18% of internet users have gone online to find peers with similar health concerns. For those living with chronic or rare diseases, the number jumps to 23%. However, the results also show that, when attempting to arrive at a diagnosis, most people turn to health professionals.

The report, which can be viewed or downloaded at http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/P2PHealthcare.aspx, was written by Susannah Fox, Pew Internet’s Associate Director.

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