The Pew Internet and American Life Project
Six million Americans go online for medical advice every day. Nearly 70% of those Americans claim that the information had some impact upon their health care decisions or those of their family.
Internet users said that approximately 80% of the time their doctor was interested in the information they had found. Only 13% of those patients in the study had indicated that their doctor showed no interest in the information.
Personally, I have found it an educational experience when patients bring information to me that they have found on the Internet. I am not always, of course, completely familiar with the information they have found. I try very hard to include it in the discussion pertaining to that particular patient's symptoms or problem.
If I am not completely familiar with the information I make a copy of the information they have brought and get back in touch with them after I have had a chance to research it further. This has worked very well for me.
The Pew report can be found at http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=59.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) announced the launch of its newly redesigned web site, which features easier navigation and access to information and new content and new links.
The web site can be reached at www.nccam.nih.gov.