Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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.
Phillipov G, Phillips PJ. Frequency of Health-Related Search Terms on the Internet. JAMA. 2003;290(17):2258–2259. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2258