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Trend for US patients to seek health information from media and internet is stalling

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 29 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7738
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Patients in the United States were less likely to seek health information from sources other than their doctor in 2010 than in 2007, concludes a new survey.

Only half (50%) of the 17 000 people who participated in the telephone survey said they had sought out such information over the past 12 months, down from 56% in 2007, says the report of the survey, released on 23 November by the Center for Studying Health System Change in Washington, DC.

The 2007 sample had looked to the internet (31%), print media such as books, magazines, and newspapers (33%), and friends and relatives (31%) in …

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