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Evolution of Internet use for health purposes

Background

The Internet and on-line services, especially in the health and medical domains, were unknown to people outside of education and research circles until just a few years ago. Today, everyone has heard about the Internet and the number of users has exploded. The question "Who is using it, and for what?" is almost as old as the Web itself.

One of the first to use the Web as a survey medium and to try to answer this question were the GVU's WWW User Surveys [1], the first of which was conducted in January, 1994.

To monitor users needs on a regular basis, the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) started conducting regular surveys of its own Web site traffic in early 1997.

You can consult the methodology of our surveys for futher details.

We sincerely thank the many thousands of respondents and all contributing parties who have helped us to develop HON surveys into the authoritative Internet service they are today.

HON continually seeks contributions from commercial and non-commercial organisations to support current and future surveys.

[1]: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/user_surveys/


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