Our research shows that most people just use a general search engine when they have a health question, but many report feeling overwhelmed by what they find. What’s the trade-off? What other resources are out there for e-patients?
The Pew Internet Project has found that the internet has a significant impact on decisions about which school to attend, but it does not play a big role in other “major life moments.” Is there something similar in health care? Are there conditions and diseases which are more likely to yield to an e-patient’s ability to change the outcome? Is it enough that e-patients are more informed and feel empowered by information, or should we expect more?