-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthDay News) -- The debate about health
care reform may be one reason why the number of "cyberchondriacs"
in the United States increased from 154 million last year to 175
million this year, a new survey suggests.
The term "cyberchondriacs" refers to people who use the Internet
to look for information about health topics, according to the
Harris Poll telephone survey of 1,066 adults conducted between July
13 and July 18.
The survey also found that people who look for health-related
subject matter on the Internet are doing so more frequently. This
year, 32 percent of adults who are online said they search for
health information "often," compared to 22 percent last year.
Among the other findings:
In 1998, the number of cyberchondriacs in the United States was
just over 50 million adults. That number increased to 117 million
The Medical Library Association offers a
guide to finding and evaluating online health
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