Poll Shows Growing Number of ‘Cyberchondriacs’

From PC World:

With easy online access to up-to-date medical information and reference materials, more adults in the U.S. are using the Internet to find out about their health, then talking to their personal doctors about what they find.

In fact, according to a new telephone poll by Harris Interactive Inc., about 160 million of the 225 million adults in the U.S. have looked online for information about their health, up 37 percent since 2005.

Two years ago, 117 million adults used the Web to access health information. Last year, that number had risen to 136 million adults. In fact, the latest figures show that the number of U.S. adults searching the Web for health information has more than tripled from 54 million in 1998, when the first Harris poll on the topic was conducted.

Read the full results on the Harris Interactive web site.

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