A new study suggests that patients increasingly look to the internet for both support and for health information, but do so in addition to traditional resources.
The study found that patients are using the internet to connect with others who share their situations and to find information on health topics which they then share with their doctors.
These patients still rely on traditional support structures, such as family, and their trust in their doctor is unaffected. Patients using online research bring the information to their doctors to ask questions and learn more, demonstrating a more active role in their own care.
Via Andrew Spong