Some patients use Internet to share medical information

11/16/2009 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

About 20% of people looking for health information online use the Internet to connect with other patients and medical experts, says Susannah Fox, with the Pew Internet and American Life Project. "They are posting their first-person accounts of treatments and side effects from medications. ... They are part of the conversation. And that, I think, is an indicator of where we could be going in terms of the future of participatory medicine," Fox said.

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