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Medical News & Perspectives
February 27, 2013

More Than One-Third of US Individuals Use the Internet to Self-diagnose

JAMA. 2013;309(8):756-757. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.629

More than one-third of US individuals turn to the Internet to diagnose health problems, according to results from Health Online 2013, a survey (http://tinyurl.com/blqudew) of the online health behavior of Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. Slightly more than half of those who reported using the Internet to research health problems discussed what they found with a physician.