New Government Study Finds 35% of U.S. Internet Users Search for Health Information Online
About 35% of U.S. Internet users -- 40% of women and 30% of men -- visited the Web last September to search for health information, a new report released Tuesday by the Department of Commerce found. According to the report, which studied Internet use in the United States last September, 42.7% of Internet users over age 55 reported that they searched for health information online. In addition, the report found that 39% of Internet users with annual household incomes of more than $75,000 reported they searched for health information online. However, only 29.5% of Internet users with annual household incomes of less than $15,000 reported that they searched for health information online, according to the report ("A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet," February 2002). To view the report, go to http://www.esa.doc.gov/508/esa/nationonline_020502.pdf. Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the report.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.