I’m doing a ton of “day job” writing these days, analyzing survey data about how Americans gather, share, and create health information. Here is a rundown of the reports released so far and what’s coming up:
1) Mobile Health 2012 (Nov. 8, 2012) 85% of U.S. adults own a cell phone and, of those, 31% have looked up health information on their phone. Tracking smartphone ownership is key — half have looked up health info and one-fifth have a health app. Here are some mobile-related posts, in case you missed those discussions.
2) Health Online 2013: (Jan. 15, 2013) This is the big general-population report. New findings include: 35% of U.S. adults have gone online specifically to figure out what they or someone else might have; 26% of people looking online for health info have hit a pay wall (and very few pay). The e-patients.net discussion is off to a great start.
3) Tracking for Health: (Jan. 28, 2013)
Health Data Tracking (working title; scheduled for release during the week of Jan. 28). 7 in 10 U.S. adults track their weight, diet, exercise routine, or other health indicator. But few use technology to do so. I previewed the basic findings here but the report will dive deep into the demographics, including caregivers and people living with chronic conditions.
4) Caregivers (February). All the questions covered in prior 3 reports, through the filter of people who are actively caring for a loved one, plus some new questions focused only on how the internet informs caregivers’ experiences. It will serve as an update of the Family Caregivers Online report based on a 2010 survey.
5) People living with chronic conditions (March). All the questions covered in prior reports, through the filter of people living with chronic conditions. The closest correlates in our archives are Chronic Disease and the Internet, based on a 2008 survey, and Peer-to-peer Healthcare, based on a 2010 survey.
All of this research is supported by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation and, of course, the Pew Research Center. Can’t wait to share all that we’ve learned!
(If you have a particular interest in any of the upcoming reports, and promise not to share the results before we publish them, please email me directly and I’ll add you to the preview list: sfox at pewinternet dot org)