Most patients look up online health information to learn more about medical conditions, not because they mistrust their doctors, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Communication, Medical News Today reports.
Xinyi Hu, co-author of the study, said, “We found that mistrust was not a significant predictor of people going online for health information prior to their visit” (Rattue, Medical News Today, 7/12).
Researchers found that patients were more likely to look for health information online if they:
Believed their medical conditions were long-term;
Felt they had some degree of personal control over their illness; or
Were distressed about their medical condition.
Researchers also found that:
70% of study participants said they planned to ask their doctor questions about information found online;
More than 50% planned to make a request of their doctor based on information found online; and
40% printed information from the Internet to bring to their doctor’s appointment (Beaulieu, FiercePracticeManagement, 7/10).
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