Health 2.0 – Status and trends – Frequent users

November 6, 2009

Olivier LAURENT

Olivier LAURENT - CEO Coligane group

Studies have evaluated the frequent users of web based information for obtaining information. It was observed that majority of the patients or their care-givers accessed information through the internet access available at home or work. Individuals who were well educated and young were the most common users of internet based applications.2 Middle aged individuals were more commonly involved in answering the queries on health. Healthcare websites offering information about the treatment, especially those related to tumors and elective surgeries were most commonly visited.1, 2

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References

  1. Trotter MI, Morgan DW. Patients’ use of the Internet for health related matters: a study of Internet usage in 2000 and 2006. Health Informatics J. 2008 Sep; 14(3):175-81.
  2. Välimäki M, Nenonen H, Koivunen M, Suhonen R. Patients’ perceptions of Internet usage and their opportunity to obtain health information. Med Inform Internet Med. 2007 Dec; 32(4):305-14.
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