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Medical News & Perspectives
March 28, 2001

Easing the Elderly Online in Search of Health Information

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JAMA. 2001;285(12):1563-1564. doi:10.1001/jama.285.12.1563

Bethesda, Md—For older adults, confronting a computer can be like a trip to the doctor, full of dread and uncertainty. And, in fact, those fears push many away, as 74% of Americans aged 50 and older who are not online say they have no interest in getting there.

At the same time, the number of older adults using the Internet is expected to swell from 14 million in 2000 to 27 million by 2003, according to Web-readership tracking firm Jupiter Media Metrix Inc in New York City. And while surveys peg e-mail, news, and entertainment sites as more popular than health sites among the online elderly, there's no doubt that more seniors will be searching for health information.

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