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November 5, 2003

Frequency of Health-Related Search Terms on the Internet

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(17):2258-2259. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2258

To the Editor: Wolfe et al1 recently reported that 53% of US adults use the Internet to seek health-related information. Measurement of Internet use, however, has generally been obtained by self-report, rather than by assessment of actual search behaviors.1,2 Because search engines represent the principal method by which people seek Internet-based information,3 we analyzed the frequency of use of search engine keywords for health-related subject matter.

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