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December 2007
Marketing Health Services;Winter2007, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p5
Academic Journal
The article reports that since 2005, the number of people using the Internet to search for health-related information has increased 71%, according to a telephone survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults conducted by Harris Interactive. The company has named these people "cyberchondriacs." Cybercondriacs number around 160 million, which is a 37% increase in just the last 2 years. The author reports that the proportion of cyberchondriacs who Internet browse somewhat frequently has also increased. While most believe the information they are getting from the Internet is at least somewhat reliable, the majority of cyberchondriacs talk with their physicians about the information they find.


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