Use of the Internet for health information by the chronically ill

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Title: Use of the Internet for health information by the chronically ill
Author: Wagner, Todd H.; Baker, Laurence C.; Bundorf, M. Kate; Singer, Sara Jean

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Citation: Wagner, Todd H., Laurence C. Baker, M. Kate Bundorf, and Sara Singer. 2004. Use of the Internet for health information by the chronically ill. Preventing Chronic Disease 1(4).
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Abstract: Introduction: Chronic conditions are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The Internet is a source of health information and advice for individuals with chronic conditions and shows promise for helping individuals manage their conditions and improve their quality of life. Methods: We assessed Internet use for health information by people who had one or more of five common chronic conditions. We conducted a national survey of adults aged 21 and older, then analyzed data from 1980 respondents who had Internet access and who reported that they had hypertension, diabetes, cancer, heart problems, and/or depression. Results: Adjusted rates for any Internet use for health information ranged from 33.8% (heart problems only) to 52.0% (diabetes only). A sizable minority of respondents — particularly individuals with diabetes — reported that the Internet helped them to manage their condition themselves, and 7.9% said information on the Internet led them to seek care from a different doctor. Conclusion: Use of the Internet for health information by chronically ill patients is moderate. Self-reported effects on choice of treatment or provider are small but noteworthy.
Published Version: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2004/ oct/04_0004.htm
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1277953/pdf/
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