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Volume 3: No. 2, April 2006

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Health-related Information on the Web: Results From the HealthStyles Survey, 2002–2003

Type of Web Site Visited % of Internet Users Reporting Type
Health-related chat rooms 6
Universities 13
Online newsletters 17
Scientific retrieval systems 17
Pharmaceutical companies 20
Hospitals or health centers 27
Nonprofit organizations 29
Government agencies 31
Health information portals 58

Figure 1. Types of Web sites frequently visited by survey respondents who reported using the Internet to seek health-related information (n = 2966) and percentage of respondents who reported using the type. Source: HealthStyles data from 2002 and 2003.

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Feature of Internet % of Internet Users Reporting Feature
Health information is available in other languages 2
Internet connection is faster 28
Health sites have information about people like me 28
Health sites have less advertising 37
Health information is from a trusted source 43
No need to pay or register to use the health site 53
Health information is clear and easy to use 60
Easy to find the desired information 68

Figure 2. Features of the Internet that would encourage using the Web as a source for health-related information and the percentage of respondents (n = 2966) who reported them. Source: HealthStyles data from 2002 and 2003.

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