Answers to Health Questions: Internet Search Results Versus Online Health Community Responses.

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Journal of medical Internet research, ISSN: 1438-8871, Vol: 18, Issue: 4, Page: e95

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Kanthawala, Shaheen; Vermeesch, Amber; Given, Barbara; Huh, Jina
JMIR Publications Inc.
Medicine; Health communication; Online health communities; Question types classification; Self-management; Health-related Internet behavior use; Risk of misinformation; Internet; Diabetes; Health and Physical Education; Nursing
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About 6 million people search for health information on the Internet each day in the United States. Both patients and caregivers search for information about prescribed courses of treatments, unanswered questions after a visit to their providers, or diet and exercise regimens. Past literature has indicated potential challenges around quality in health information available on the Internet. However, diverse information exists on the Internet-ranging from government-initiated webpages to personal blog pages. Yet we do not fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of different types of information available on the Internet.