Seven in ten say they like WebMD
When Americans fall sick, the first authority they turn to for help most likely will not be a real doctor. WebMD, a top 50 most-visited internet site, is the most popular online source of health information in the US. It may be the website that many point to when asked whether they investigate their symptoms online before going to see a doctor. YouGov’s latest poll reveals that more than three-quarters of Americans (77%) say they’ll “always” or “sometimes” look into their symptoms before seeking a medical professional’s help.
Of those who say they “always” do some preliminary research into their symptoms before heading to the doctor, over a third of millennials admit to this (35%). The likelihood of “always” doing so decreases with age and less than a fifth of Americans over the age of 55 (18%) say they will look into their symptoms online every time.
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