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Have You Ever Attempted to Diagnose Yourself or Someone Else Using the Internet?

If so, you are among a growing number of U.S. adults who have.

Have you ever wondered what is wrong with you medically and turned to the Internet for the answer? According to a CBS News report, 35 percent of U.S. adults have used the Internet to self-diagnose a medical condition or knew of someone who had.

These latest findings were revealed in a Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that was published Jan. 15. It also revealed that 81 percent of U.S. adults used the Internet, and 59 percent of the adult population looked up health information online, but 39 percent of the searches were for someone else.

Women were more likely to search the Internet for a health-related issue pertaining to them as were younger people and white adults. Less than half, however, said a doctor confirmed the diagnosis, 35 percent did not seek a professional opinion and 18 percent said a professional disputed the online findings pertaining to their condition. 

Have you ever used the Internet to research a medical condition for yourself or somebody else?

Pam J January 21, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I used WebMD a few times until I scared myself to death! And I learned not to tell my doctor that I visited that website. I do still use it to find out about certain medications, but if you just type in a symptom that you have, be prepared to find out you have an incurable disease!
Pete January 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Sure - use it all the time for common illness things, or at least research things in advance of going to the doctor, paying a co-pay and getting put on some un-needed medicine that a drug company is providing kick backs to the doctor for prescribing. The internet is a great tool for information - If more people used common sense and stopped going to the doctor for every sniffle and ache, our insurance costs wouldn't be so high.
Kelly Dinatti January 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM
My husband used it and it saved his life. His symptoms were not typical of heart attack, but Web saId to "seek medical attention immediately". He did and had heart procedure later that day. Our Doc supports WebMD - says that you know your body and how it works better than anyone.If you think there is a problem, there probably is. WebMD is not a substiture for Doc, just a tool for patient and Doc.


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