U.S. adults that have searched for key medical information online by age 2012

This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. adults who have ever looked online for medical information in 2012, sorted by topic and age group. Of those surveyed between the ages of 30 and 49, 17 percent reported looking for information on drug safety or recalls. The internet has become a diagnostic tool for about one-third of adults in the United States. Women and younger adults are more likely than men to use the internet for a possible diagnosis.

Percentage of U.S. adults that have ever searched online for selected medical information in 2012, by age group

18-29 years30-49 years50-64 years65 years and older
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Release date

October 2013


United States

Survey time period

August 7 to September 6, 2012

Number of respondents

3,014 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

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