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onlineIn the Wall Street Journal (6/11) Health Blog, Laura Landro wrote, “Mobile devices, doctor review sites and blogs are changing the way millions of health consumers find and share…health information, according to a new survey released today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the California HealthCare Foundation.” The survey of “2,253 adults, age 18 and older,” showed that an estimated 60 percent of respondents “said they have consulted blog comments, hospital reviews and doctor reviews, listened to podcasts about healthcare and signed up to receive updates about health or medical issues.” Notably, “some 60 percent of e-patients say they or someone they know has been helped by following medical advice or health information found on the Web,” compared to “31 percent of e-patients in 2006.” In addition, “close to 40 percent of e-patients use a social networking site” and “22 percent have followed their friends’ personal health experiences or updates on such a site.”

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