Health & Wellbeing is the third and final wave of results to be released from the Bupa Health Pulse 2010 international healthcare survey. It looks at how people use the internet and social media for health purposes, and how this is likely to change in the future.
Researchers surveyed more than 12,000 people in 12 countries.
The survey found that 81% of people in the countries surveyed with Internet access search online for advice about health, medical conditions or medications.
According to the survey:
- 68% of respondents who go online for health information look for information about specific medications;
- About four in 10 respondents use the Internet to look for information about other patients’ experiences with certain health conditions;
- Of Great Britain residents who search online for health information, 58% said they use information for self-diagnosis purposes; and
- Only a quarter of people surveyed said they check where the online advice comes from (Kelland, Reuters, 1/4).