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Your usage of Internet for health/medical purposes

Raw data

 
1: How often did you search for health information online during the past week? (n = 2012)
  - Did not search during the past week 16 %
  - Once during the past week 16.7 %
  - Two or three times during the past week 22.12 %
  - More than three times during the past week 41.55 %
  - Not applicable; I do not search for health information on the Internet 3.63 %
2: About how many hours a day (both at home and at work) did you normally check for email as well as surf the web? (n = 1973)
  - 0 (I do not use the web) 2.99 %
  - Less than two hours a day 38.62 %
  - 2 to 4 hours a day 35.73 %
  - 5 to 6 hours a day 10.69 %
  - More than 6 hours a day 11.96 %
 
       
 
3: I use the Internet for: (n = 1970)
  - Less than 6 months 5.43 %
  - 6 to 12 months 4.01 %
  - 1 to 3 years 14.31 %
  - 4 to 6 years 31.78 %
  - 7 years or more 44.47 %
4: How did you access the internet today? (n = 1975)
  - Through a telephone modem 27.19 %
  - Through a cable modem or DSL 42.58 %
  - Through a wireless connection 4.35 %
  - Through a T1, or high speed line 16.2 %
  - Other 4.25 %
  - Don't know 5.42 %
 
       
 
5: I use the following Internet resources: (n = 1993)
  - Browsing Web sites 87.16 %
  - Email 88.76 %
  - Newsletter 52.33 %
  - List/newsgroup - reading only 27.65 %
  - List/newsgroup - as participant 23.13 %
  - Other 24.54 %
6: Mainly, I search for: (n = 1964)
  - Disease Descriptions 56.67 %
  - Clinical trials 38.44 %
  - Medical literature 77.44 %
  - Support groups 22.61 %
  - Not sure 10.64 %
 
       
 
7: In the last 6 months have you sought online medical/health information for any of the following persons? (n = 1858)
  - Myself 71.21 %
  - My Patient(s) 28.2 %
  - My Spouse 24.17 %
  - My Child(ren) 22.55 %
  - My Parent(s) 17.76 %
  - My Relative(s) 19.97 %
  - My Friend(s) 27.02 %
  - Other 0 %
   
       

 

Most important issues facing the Internet

9 - How important are, or would be, each of the factors listed below to improve the quality of information and service for users of a health related Web site?
+4 = very important 0 = neither important or unimportant -4 = very unimportant
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Government oversight of the Internet (n = 1421)
19 % 11.68 % 15.2 % 10.77 % 21.75 % 2.18 % 3.31 % 3.17 % 12.95 %
Web site Speed/Performance (n = 1418)
48.31 % 22.43 % 15.16 % 7.33 % 4.23 % 0.42 % 0.56 % 0.21 % 1.34 %
Ease of finding information/Navigation (n = 1431) 65.48 % 20.61 % 8.81 % 2.03 % 1.61 % 0.07 % 0.35 % 0.21 % 0.84 %
Availability (online existence) of information (n = 1422)
68.99 % 19.83 % 6.4 % 2.04 % 1.27 % 0.07 % 0.42 % 0.07 % 0.91 %
Trustworthiness/Credibility (n = 1419)
80.76 % 10.01 % 4.02 % 1.83 % 1.62 % 0.49 % 0.28 % 0 % 0.99 %
Privacy/Security/Cookies (n = 1413) 48.69 % 17.69 % 13.66 % 6.79 % 8.35 % 1.13 % 1.2 % 0.78 % 1.7 %
Commercialisation/Advertising/Sponsorship (n = 1402) 10.7 % 6.85 % 13.48 % 10.49 % 21.18 % 5.99 % 7.42 % 5.85 % 18.05 %
Unsolicited Commercial Email (Spam) (n = 1397)
22.05 % 6.59 % 5.37 % 4.15 % 11.24 % 2.29 % 3.51 % 3.36 % 41.45 %
Intellectual property/Copyright (n = 1392)
25.86 % 16.67 % 17.03 % 9.2 % 19.9 % 2.8 % 2.37 % 1.51 % 4.67 %
Equal access for all (language, physical impairment) (n = 1401)
47.04 % 17.49 % 13.28 % 7.21 % 9.71 % 0.93 % 1.28 % 1.21 % 1.86 %
Accuracy of information (n = 1410) 80.43 % 10.43 % 4.26 % 1.42 % 1.7 % 0.14 % 0.28 % 0.21 % 1.13 %
Pay-to-view/Pay-for-use online information or services (n = 1391)
10.86 % 4.96 % 8.99 % 9.13 % 25.38 % 3.59 % 5.03 % 6.69 % 25.38 %
Scientific complexity of the information (n = 1403)
27.44 % 18.18 % 21.38 % 9.98 % 14.04 % 2.42 % 2.49 % 1.57 % 2.49 %
+4 = very important  0 = neither important or unimportant -4 = very unimportant
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4


10 - Do you agree or disagree if the following agencies should have a primary responsibility to preserve the quality of health care information on the web and set high ethical standards?
+4 = strongly agree 0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Federal (national) governments (n = 1400) 30.21 % 15.14 % 13.71 % 8.14 % 13.36 % 2.5 % 3.36 % 2.64 % 10.93 %
Local or regional governments (such as states, municipalities, regions) (n = 1386)
20.78 % 13.49 % 13.85 % 9.02 % 17.68 % 3.32 % 4.33 % 3.46 % 14.07 %
The United Nations (n = 1384) 24.93 % 8.89 % 12.07 % 8.67 % 19.94 % 3.25 % 3.76 % 2.82 % 15.68 %
Associations representing non profit, health web site developers within each nation (n = 1395)
33.12 % 19.5 % 17.2 % 8.96 % 12.33 % 1.79 % 1.51 % 0.79 % 4.8 %
Associations representing non profit, international health web site developers (n = 1384)
32.8 % 21.75 % 16.84 % 8.09 % 11.78 % 1.73 % 1.81 % 0.79 % 4.41 %
Associations representing profit and non-profit health web site developers within each nation (n = 1389) 23.97 % 16.49 % 17.42 % 10.66 % 16.41 % 3.17 % 3.02 % 1.66 % 7.2 %
International association representing profit and non-profit web site developers (n = 1383) 25.38 % 15.69 % 17.06 % 8.6 % 18.58 % 3.18 % 2.68 % 1.52 % 7.3 %
+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4


11 - Which of the certifications, accreditations, or trust marks systems below are you familiar with? (n = 1500)
Good House Keeping 32.27 %
IHC 20.87 %
Trust-e 28.93 %
HONcode 51.13 % Web Medica Acreditada 7.4 % URAC 7.13 %
MedCircle 12.4 % None of them 19.53 %  


12 - How do you assess the overall credibility of the following domain names?
 
+4 = very high credibility 0 = credibility is neither high or low -4 = very low credibility
  +4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
.org (n = 1392)
28.81 % 22.2 % 18.97 % 9.77 % 16.16 % 1.51 % 1.15 % 0.79 % 0.65 %
.edu (n = 1386)
40.33 % 27.2 % 14.07 % 5.41 % 11.26 % 0.65 % 0.07 % 0.51 % 0.51 %
.gov (n = 1383) 35.86 % 23.93 % 16.12 % 7.38 % 12.58 % 1.16 % 0.94 % 0.36 % 1.66 %
.com (n = 1394) 14.71 % 11.84 % 14.63 % 14.28 % 27.26 % 4.73 % 5.52 % 3.59 % 3.44 %
  +4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
 
+4 = very high credibility 0 = credibility is neither high or low -4 = very low credibility


13 - Please rate your preference to obtain health information from the following web sites.
+4 = very high preference 0 = preference is neither high or low -4 = very low preference
  +4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Pharmaceutical manufacturer sites (n = 1386) 12.41 % 11.62 % 18.25 % 16.38 % 15.44 % 4.83 % 5.41 % 4.76 % 10.89 %
University sites (n = 1403) 35.21 % 27.73 % 18.89 % 7.56 % 6.91 % 1.5 % 0.64 % 0.5 % 1.07 %
Governmental agencies sites (n = 1395) 27.38 % 24.3 % 22.01 % 12.4 % 8.67 % 1.43 % 0.72 % 0.65 % 2.44 %
Consumer sites sponsored by hospitals (n = 1386) 15.08 % 20.06 % 24.96 % 16.09 % 14.14 % 3.61 % 2.09 % 1.73 % 2.24 %
Consumer sites sponsored by commercial medical organizations (n = 1385) 8.66 % 12.13 % 18.77 % 18.84 % 19.35 % 6.86 % 5.92 % 3.83 % 5.63 %
Consumer sites sponsored by non-commercial medical organizations (n = 1387) 18.6 % 23 % 25.09 % 12.83 % 12.47 % 2.74 % 1.73 % 1.44 % 2.09 %
Consumer sites sponsored by medical journals, or publications (n = 1394) 34.15 % 28.41 % 18.58 % 7.75 % 6.89 % 1.36 % 1 % 0.65 % 1.22 %
Consumer sites sponsored by the news media (n = 1388)
7.49 % 10.16 % 18.52 % 18.52 % 20.53 % 7.64 % 4.68 % 3.39 % 9.08 %
  +4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
+4 = very high preference 0 = preference is neither high or low -4 = very low preference



14 - Would a domain name dedicated to health (such as .health) help you identify and more easily search health/medical Web sites?(n = 1423)

Yes 44.48 % Maybe 38.86 % No 11.31 % No opinion 5.34 %


15 - Should only medical evidence-based web sites be allowed to use a .health domain name? (n = 1428)
Yes 49.65 % Maybe 27.03 % No 15.06 % No opinion 8.26 %


 

Healthy Citizen Patient, Patient family member, Member of patients association

16 - I discuss the results of my Internet searchers for medical/health information with my care provider(s).
No - 47.11 %

Yes - 52.89 %

If Yes: Complete the questions below -


+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Communication with my provider improved when I discussed health information I obtained from the Internet.(n = 400)
28 % 20 % 16.5 % 13.75 % 15 % 1.5 % 0.75 % 1 % 3.5 %
Health information-seeking on the internet helps me become more knowledgeable.(n = 410)
62.44 % 21.22 % 9.76 % 3.9 % 2.2 % 0.24 % 0 % 0.24 % 0 %
Health information seeking on the internet helps me become a better 'partner' with my physician.(n = 408)
49.26 % 21.08 % 13.73 % 6.62 % 6.13 % 1.23 % 0.49 % 0.25 % 1.23 %
Health information seeking on the internet saves time in consultation with my physician. (n = 407)
37.35 % 17.94 % 14.99 % 9.58 % 12.04 % 3.19 % 1.47 % 0.74 % 2.7 %
Health information seeking on the internet improves the quality of consultation with my physician.(n = 406)
42.36 % 22.91 % 14.04 % 8.87 % 7.88 % 0.99 % 0.49 % 0.99 % 1.48 %
Health information seeking on the internet helps me communicate with a physician.(n = 405)
42.96 % 23.95 % 13.09 % 8.15 % 8.15 % 0.74 % 0.25 % 0.49 % 2.22 %
Health information seeking on the internet is a waste of a my time.(n = 397)
3.53 % 2.77 % 3.02 % 0.76 % 7.56 % 3.53 % 6.05 % 8.56 % 64.23 %
Patient information seeking on the internet fosters more mistrust of physicians.(n = 401)
5.24 % 4.99 % 5.99 % 8.23 % 20.45 % 5.99 % 9.48 % 10.47 % 29.18 %
Patient information seeking on the internet encourages me to challenge a physician's medical authority.(n = 406)
13.79 % 8.62 % 11.08 % 15.76 % 17.98 % 6.16 % 5.42 % 5.17 % 16.01 %
Patient information seeking on the internet increases my interest in self-treatment.(n = 403)
21.59 % 14.39 % 21.34 % 11.91 % 15.14 % 3.23 % 3.72 % 2.23 % 6.45 %
Patient information seeking on the internet increases the degree I will adhere to a physician's advice.(n = 401)
18.7 % 18.7 % 19.45 % 10.22 % 19.2 % 3.49 % 2.99 % 1 % 6.23 %
Patient information seeking on the internet increases the degree that I will follow physician instructions on taking prescribed pharmaceuticals.(n = 406)
22.66 % 18.47 % 16.75 % 8.87 % 20.44 % 1.72 % 2.22 % 1.48 % 7.39 %
I enjoy obtaining health information from the Internet.(n = 403) 61.79 % 19.6 % 10.67 % 3.72 % 3.47 % 0.25 % 0.25 % 0 % 0.25 %
+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4


17-
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
How frequently do you use on-line medical consultation services offered on some Web sites? (n = 669)
9.27 % 5.68 % 13.45 % 12.11 % 16.14 % 3.89 % 2.99 % 4.19 % 32.29 %
How frequently do you email your health care provider(s)? (n = 667)
2.25 % 2.4 % 4.95 % 6.9 % 20.39 % 4.2 % 2.4 % 4.8 % 51.72 %
How frequently do you use the Internet to seek a second opinion on about a medical diagnosis?(n = 669)
12.56 % 11.66 % 14.8 % 13.75 % 14.65 % 3.29 % 2.39 % 4.48 % 22.42 %


18 - Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?
+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Health care providers should suggest online trustworthy sources of health information.(n = 674)
48.81 % 18.4 % 15.43 % 6.97 % 7.57 % 0.45 % 0.3 % 0.74 % 1.34 %
Similar to writing a drug prescription, health care providers should prescribe web sites for patients to obtain specific health information.(n = 670)
37.01 % 18.21 % 15.97 % 10.15 % 10.75 % 1.64 % 1.79 % 1.49 % 2.99 %
I am willing to pay for a service that guides me to trustworthy health information on the web.(n = 665)
10.98 % 5.11 % 9.62 % 10.68 % 21.95 % 5.26 % 5.41 % 3.91 % 27.07 %




20 - Providing medical information to patients is as vital to overall patient care as a physician consultation, or medical testing. (n = 674)
+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
55.19 % 16.47 % 9.64 % 6.68 % 7.72 % 1.48 % 0.74 % 0.59 % 1.48 %


 

Education and prevention.

21 - How frequently do you seek health information on the web to improve your knowledge about health issues?(n = 672)
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
42.41 % 19.64 % 20.09 % 9.52 % 4.17 % 1.19 % 0.45 % 0.74 % 1.79 %

22 - Should learning about health on the web feature interactivity and self-testing of knowledge? (n = 652) Yes 73.77 % No 26.23 %


24 - How frequently do you seek information from medical web sites intended for health care professionals?(n = 665)
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
20 % 16.69 % 16.24 % 12.33 % 16.09 % 3.01 % 3.01 % 3.31 % 9.32 %


+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
25 - I prefer having the option to seek complex medical information on the web.(n = 670)
49.4 % 18.66 % 10 % 8.66 % 8.21 % 2.09 % 0.3 % 0.45 % 2.24 %
26 - The information on consumer health web sites is often superficial.(n = 661)
21.03 % 15.89 % 16.94 % 13.62 % 21.94 % 3.03 % 3.63 % 1.97 % 1.97 %


+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
27 - How frequently do you ask a physician about medical information obtained on the web that you did not understand?(n = 665)
9.17 % 8.87 % 14.14 % 15.49 % 21.35 % 3.91 % 3.76 % 4.96 % 18.35 %
28 - How frequently do you try a web search as a starting point to clarify medical information?(n = 665)
34.59 % 21.8 % 20.75 % 10.23 % 6.32 % 1.35 % 1.65 % 0.6 % 2.71 %
29 - How frequently do you understand complex medical information?(n = 664)
21.84 % 22.74 % 22.89 % 13.4 % 9.04 % 3.46 % 2.41 % 1.96 % 2.26 %


30 - How frequently do you search for information about medications or drugs in these specific areas:
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Drug Interactions (n = 661) 31.16 % 13.31 % 14.07 % 10.89 % 14.52 % 1.51 % 1.82 % 2.27 % 10.44 %
Drug Side effects (n = 663) 37.1 % 15.99 % 15.08 % 10.71 % 9.35 % 1.51 % 1.51 % 1.36 % 7.39 %
Generic drugs (n = 650) 22 % 8.77 % 13.08 % 13.23 % 22.46 % 3.38 % 1.85 % 2.31 % 12.92 %
Drug Efficacy (n = 654) 27.52 % 14.37 % 15.29 % 10.86 % 17.58 % 1.53 % 1.83 % 1.38 % 9.63 %
Drug Safety (n = 655) 33.13 % 12.06 % 17.71 % 10.38 % 13.44 % 1.83 % 1.07 % 1.53 % 8.85 %
Drug Prices (n = 646) 15.79 % 5.88 % 7.59 % 8.51 % 26.47 % 3.25 % 3.41 % 4.49 % 24.61 %
Online drug purchases (n = 640) 9.06 % 3.75 % 5 % 6.56 % 23.44 % 3.28 % 3.13 % 5 % 40.78 %
Herbal or natural alternative treatments (n = 651)
19.2 % 11.21 % 11.98 % 13.21 % 16.44 % 3.38 % 2.3 % 3.84 % 18.43 %
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4


31 - How frequently do you buy medications from the internet (online pharmacy services).(n = 665)
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
3.16 % 2.56 % 1.65 % 4.96 % 21.05 % 0.6 % 0.75 % 1.8 % 63.46 %


32 - How frequently do you buy these types of medications from the internet?
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Medication with a prescription from a doctor.(n = 645) 5.27 % 1.55 % 2.17 % 3.41 % 21.24 % 1.09 % 0.16 % 0.78 % 64.34 %
Over the counter (no prescription needed) medications.(n = 632) 4.27 % 2.69 % 5.22 % 4.91 % 19.46 % 0.95 % 0.47 % 0.95 % 61.08 %

 


Medical Professionals only

33 - Do you see patients in your practice? (n = 1248)
Yes 43.67 % No 56.33 %


34 - Do your patients discuss health care information they have found on the Internet with you? (n = 567)
No - 41.27 %

Yes - 58.73 %

If Yes: Complete the questions below -


+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Patient health information-seeking improves doctor-patient communication.(n = 375)
30.67 % 26.67 % 19.47 % 11.73 % 7.73 % 1.07 % 1.33 % 0.8 % 0.53 %
Patient health information-seeking on the internet helps patients become more knowledgeable.(n = 374)
30.75 % 25.4 % 21.93 % 12.57 % 4.81 % 1.87 % 1.34 % 0.8 % 0.53 %
Patient health information seeking on the internet helps a patient become a better 'partner' with his/her physician.(n = 374)
25.67 % 29.41 % 18.98 % 9.89 % 9.09 % 3.48 % 1.34 % 1.07 % 1.07 %
Patient health information seeking on the internet saves time in patient consultation.(n = 370)
15.41 % 11.62 % 18.65 % 10.54 % 15.14 % 8.92 % 10.54 % 4.32 % 4.86 %
Patient health information seeking on the internet improves the quality of patient consultation.(n = 371)
19.41 % 18.87 % 22.91 % 16.17 % 13.21 % 4.04 % 2.7 % 1.89 % 0.81 %
Patient information seeking on the internet is a waste of a patient's time.(n = 369)
5.15 % 4.61 % 8.67 % 7.32 % 14.36 % 8.13 % 11.92 % 13.28 % 26.56 %
Patient information seeking on the internet fosters more patient mistrust of physicians.(n = 370)
7.03 % 8.11 % 13.78 % 15.41 % 19.46 % 7.57 % 9.46 % 8.65 % 10.54 %
Patient information seeking on the internet encourages patients to challenge a physician's medical authority.(n = 366)
10.38 % 14.21 % 19.13 % 18.31 % 16.39 % 6.01 % 6.83 % 3.83 % 4.92 %
Patient information seeking on the internet increases the risk of patient self-treatment. (n = 370)
16.22 % 13.78 % 20 % 18.38 % 17.03 % 5.41 % 4.05 % 3.24 % 1.89 %
Patient information seeking on the internet decreases the degree that a patient adheres to a physician's advice.(n = 369)
7.59 % 8.67 % 13.82 % 13.55 % 22.22 % 9.49 % 9.76 % 8.13 % 6.78 %
Patient information seeking on the internet increases the degree that a patient will follow physician instructions on taking prescribed pharmaceuticals.(n = 367)
12.53 % 15.53 % 20.16 % 12.53 % 24.8 % 7.36 % 2.45 % 1.91 % 2.72 %
+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4


+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
35 - How frequently do you email your patients ? (n = 528) 5.68 % 7.01 % 8.33 % 14.58 % 22.54 % 2.27 % 5.11 % 4.92 % 29.55 %
36 - How frequently do you recommend web sites to a patient before a consultation occurs? (n = 523)
7.27 % 6.88 % 9.75 % 14.53 % 21.61 % 4.59 % 2.29 % 6.31 % 26.77 %
37 - How frequently do you recommend web sites to a patient during a consultation?(n = 522)
7.85 % 10.15 % 15.71 % 17.62 % 20.69 % 2.68 % 2.11 % 4.02 % 19.16 %
38 - How frequently do you recommend web sites to a patient after a consultation?(n = 524)
8.59 % 12.6 % 15.65 % 16.98 % 17.94 % 2.67 % 2.48 % 4.77 % 18.32 %
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4


+4 = very helpful  0 = neither heplful or unhelpful  -4 = very unhelpful
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
39 - How helpful is it in your practice to guide patients to a trustworthy source of online health information ? (n = 527)
27.51 % 16.89 % 14.8 % 12.14 % 17.84 % 1.9 % 1.33 % 1.71 % 5.88 %


+4 = strongly agree  0 = neither agree or disagree -4 = strongly disagree
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
40 - I would use a trustworthy source of online health information if it is free. (n = 547)
62.89 % 16.09 % 9.14 % 3.11 % 6.22 % 0.55 % 0.37 % 0.37 % 1.28 %
41 - I would use a trustworthy source of online health information if it is inexpensive to the patient.(n = 537)
34.08 % 17.32 % 14.34 % 9.12 % 14.9 % 2.79 % 2.23 % 1.49 % 3.72 %
42 - I would use a trustworthy source of online health information even if patients are charged and not reimbursed for the service.(n = 533)
11.63 % 7.69 % 10.69 % 12.38 % 25.33 % 3.94 % 4.32 % 3.38 % 20.64 %


 


Satisfaction with skills

43 - Please rate the importance you place on each of the following barriers when you use the Internet to seek health information.
+4 = very important  0 = neither important or unimportant -4 = very unimportant
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Not enough computer or Internet training (n = 1273) 15 % 10.6 % 11.78 % 8.33 % 17.99 % 2.67 % 2.91 % 5.42 % 25.29 %
Lack of time (n = 1259) 16.04 % 15.09 % 18.43 % 13.19 % 16.68 % 4.05 % 3.42 % 3.26 % 9.85 %
Inadequate tools and applications (n = 1245) 12.69 % 10.6 % 17.99 % 13.33 % 19.36 % 3.53 % 6.02 % 4.34 % 12.13 %
Speed connection/download time (n = 1259) 31.37 % 16.68 % 13.74 % 10.01 % 10.48 % 2.07 % 3.42 % 2.94 % 9.29 %
Information quality (n = 1266) 49.45 % 16.27 % 14.14 % 7.03 % 7.9 % 1.58 % 1.34 % 1.03 % 1.26 %
Medical data privacy (n = 1251) 35.33 % 13.59 % 11.11 % 9.35 % 18.47 % 2.08 % 2.24 % 2.32 % 5.52 %
Support for Internet use in my professional/office setting (n = 1247) 28.31 % 12.43 % 11.23 % 7.06 % 23.58 % 2.17 % 1.92 % 1.92 % 11.39 %
+4 = very important  0 = neither important or unimportant -4 = very unimportant
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4

 


44 - Please rate the importance of each of these elements to create a helpful web search tool.
+4 = very important  0 = neither important or unimportant -4 = very unimportant
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
Ease of use (n = 1258) 71.14 % 16.53 % 6.84 % 2.78 % 2.07 % 0.24 % 0.08 % 0 % 0.32 %
Speed (n = 1256) 60.19 % 21.42 % 10.43 % 3.74 % 3.18 % 0.48 % 0.08 % 0.16 % 0.32 %
Matches (n = 1238) 52.34 % 24.31 % 13.57 % 4.28 % 4.85 % 0 % 0.16 % 0.16 % 0.32 %
Quality of description (n = 1256) 65.29 % 20.54 % 8.36 % 2.87 % 2.15 % 0.16 % 0.24 % 0 % 0.4 %
Relevance of matches (n = 1246) 61.56 % 21.27 % 9.07 % 3.37 % 3.93 % 0.24 % 0.24 % 0.08 % 0.24 %
Overall personal evaluation of the site (n = 1235) 46.23 % 22.27 % 13.36 % 6.56 % 9.8 % 0.57 % 0.4 % 0.24 % 0.57 %
+4 = very important  0 = neither important or unimportant -4 = very unimportant
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4


45 - Please rate the frequency you use the following links to obtain medical/health documents on the Internet.
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4
General search tool (for example, Google, MSN, etc.) (n = 1255) 59.84 % 15.46 % 11.08 % 4.78 % 3.67 % 0.96 % 1.12 % 0.32 % 2.79 %
Specialized search tool (for example: HONselect, etc.) (n = 1238) 22.13 % 15.75 % 14.54 % 8.4 % 16.8 % 3.07 % 2.26 % 2.99 % 14.05 %
Health specific Web sites (a web site only about health-related topics) (n = 1241) 41.42 % 19.26 % 16.92 % 9.11 % 6.37 % 1.53 % 1.37 % 0.48 % 3.55 %
Friend suggestion (n = 1239) 9.93 % 10.9 % 16.79 % 18.64 % 21.47 % 4.28 % 3.71 % 3.31 % 10.98 %
Care provider suggestion (n = 1232)
9.66 % 9.74 % 11.77 % 13.31 % 26.54 % 3.08 % 3.98 % 3.98 % 17.94 %
Links from health site (n = 1247) 24.78 % 23.34 % 22.94 % 14.19 % 8.5 % 0.96 % 1.28 % 0.56 % 3.45 %
General portals (Yahoo/health, etc.) (n = 1233) 17.03 % 12.57 % 16.87 % 15.73 % 14.6 % 2.6 % 3.89 % 3.08 % 13.63 %
Your service provider (AOL, etc.) (n = 1228) 11.4 % 5.54 % 8.63 % 8.22 % 23.53 % 2.69 % 4.15 % 4.23 % 31.6 %
+4 = very frequently  0 = neither frequently or infrequently -4 = very infrequently
+4 +3 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4

 

Your profile


Your organization is in which of the following sectors:

46: Your organization is in which of the following sectors: (n = 1259)
  - Public (e.g. government) 21.68 %
  - Private businesses 18.82 %
  - Not-for-profit 14.54 %
  - Don't know 2.22 %
  - Other 5.24 %

 

 
47: Medical/Health Professionals: (n = 788)
  - General Practice 8.25 %
  - Medical specialty 30.96 %
  - General dentistry 0.76 %
  - Dental specialty 1.4 %
  - Nurse 10.91 %
  - Pharmacist 2.92 %
  - Paramedical 1.78 %
  - Med./health student 2.03 %
  - Researcher 5.71 %
  - Alternative medicine 2.28 %
  - Information provider 5.96 %
  - Health Care Provider 4.44 %
  - Genetics Professional 0.38 %
  - Oncology physician 1.02 %
  - Oncology nurse 0 %
  - Educator 6.47 %
  - Other 14.72 %
48: Non Medical: (n = 654)
  - Researcher/ Librarian 8.87 %
  - Carer for ill person(s) 4.28 %
  - Information provider 13.15 %
  - Patient 20.18 %
  - Rather not say 4.89 %
  - General Health Consumer 10.09 %
  - Patient with Specific Condition 11.47 %
  - Family or Friend of Patient 7.03 %
  - Other 20.03 %
 
       

 
 
49: Your highest level of education completed: (n = 1265)
  - Elementary School 0.79 %
  - High School or equivalent 7.83 %
  - Vocational/Technical School (2 year) 4.03 %
  - Some College 11.07 %
  - College Graduate (4 year) 20.47 %
  - Master's Degree (MS) 18.18 %
  - Doctoral Degree (PhD) 10.28 %
  - Professional Degree (MD,JD, etc.) 23 %
50: Your gender: (n = 1282)
  - Male 50 %
  - Female 49.69 %
51: Your age: (n = 1285)
  - <= 19 0.62 %
  - 20-29 10.43 %
  - 30-39 18.75 %
  - 40-49 26.3 %
  - 50-59 28.33 %
  - 60-69 9.18 %
  - 70-79 4.59 %
  - >= 80 1.25 %
 
       


 
52: Your primary Language is: (n = 1275)
  - English 63.76 %
  - Chinese 0.94 %
  - Danish 0.47 %
  - Dutch 1.02 %
  - French 3.84 %
  - German 2.35 %
  - Greek 0.55 %
  - Hebrew 0.47 %
  - Icelandic 0.24 %
  - Italian 4.78 %
  - Japanese 0.08 %
  - Korean 0.16 %
  - Norwegian 0.16 %
  - Polish 0.39 %
  - Portuguese 2.12 %
  - Russian 0.55 %
  - Spanish 12.47 %
  - Swedish 0.24 %
  - Other 5.1 %
53: Your location is: (n = 1291)
  - USA 43.22 %
  - Canada 4.11 %
  - Mexico 1.08 %
  - Africa 1.16 %
  - Antarctica 0.08 %
  - Asia 5.11 %
  - Central America 0.77 %
  - Europe 25.79 %
  - Middle East 1.39 %
  - Oceania 4.11 %
  - South America 8.52 %
  - West Indies 0.15 %
  - Other 4.03 %

54: The area where you live is : (n = 1285)
  - Urban 51.91 %
  - Suburban 30.89 %
  - Rural 16.65 %
 
       



 

 

 

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