Do people seek information from HCPs online or do they prefer online support from fellow patients?
Over recent years there has been a steady increase in the availability of patient-focused websites offering health information and support across a wide range of conditions.
A survey of c7,000 patients carried out by the Nuffield Trust, found that 50% of people in the UK self-diagnose online long before they make a doctor’s appointment.
When it comes to discussion around their condition, it’s interesting to see where patients go online. Do they seek information from HCPs online or do they prefer online support and personal experience-based information from fellow patients?