Surveys on the use of the Internet
for healthcare purposes
HON surveys help to monitor the growing trend towards electronic
processing, publication, dissemination and use of medical and health-related
This trend affects the consumers of healthcare as much as its providers
and is causing important changes in traditional doctor-patient relationships
as well as in the way medicine is taught and practised.
Undertaken periodically, HON Surveys are designed to improve our understanding
of Internet usage for medical purposes. The results help us and
the healthcare community more effectively to meet the needs of users
and improve the quality of medical services on the World Wide Web.
The questionnaires are brief and multiple-choice: you will find
them as well as the detailed results on:
Exerpt from the March-April'99 Overview report:
- "Of the record 4,368 persons answering the latest survey,
March-April 1999, 60% were healthcare professionals. This appears
to confirm an earlier trend. Though this proportion slipped to
45% in May-June 1998, the first and second HON surveys showed
63% and 61% healthcare professionals respectively. The primary
place to get connected to the Internet was given as "home",
maintaining its pre-eminence with 68 %. There is some decline
in the percentage of female respondents to the March-April 1999
survey (46%) when compared to the previous two surveys (57% in
May-June 1998, 40% in August-September 1997). "
Health On the Net Foundation hope that the results of these surveys will help
HON and other medical Web sites meet the needs of the Net community more effectively.
Realising the anticipated benefits of the World Wide Web and on-line services
will require continual surveys on the use of the Internet for healthcare purposes
as well as sound. HON continually seeks partnerships with commercial and non-commercial
organisations to ensure that the results of its surveys remain accessible to
all as a universal public service.