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The Public and Doctors Surveyed Use Social Media in Comparable Proportions

  • Publication: 
    Publication Date: 
    Monday, January 31, 2011

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    Key Findings

    • Compared to patients, a higher percentage of doctors disagree that patients can learn a lot of helpful information by communicating with other patients online.
    • The public and doctors surveyed use social media in comparable proportions.
    • Very few patients and doctors say they’d like to be friends on a social networking site like Facebook.


    • Patient and doctor use of social media, both separately and together, is an area that requires much more study.
    • From this limited battery, few firm conclusions can be drawn.