Monday, January 17, 2011

Internet health information rarely sourced

The number of people looking for health information online has soared, but few will check where the information comes from, according to an international survey by researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE). The survey questioned more than 12,000 people in Australia, Brazil, Britain, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the United States and found that 81 percent of those with internet access use it to search for advice about health, medicines or medical conditions. It also found that 68 percent of those who have access have used the internet to look for information about specific medicines and nearly 4 in 10 use it to look for other patients' experiences of a condition. The majority of those surveyed do not check the source of where they get their information.

Steve - we have and will continue to bridge the gap for valuable, sourced information so you can make the most educated wellness choices possible.

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