Notes: Asked to indicate which sources, other than their doctor, they commonly rely on for information when they have questions about their health or physical symptoms, almost 6 in 10 survey respondents pointed to medical or health-related websites, with that figure highest among 18-34-year-olds (65%). A separate study by Harris Interactive, though, finds that just 1 in 10 adults have a great deal of trust in the health care advice they find in online resources such as WebMD.com.
About the Data: The PhRMA survey was conducted nationwide among 1,207 adults from June 30-July 6, 2014.
The Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between May 14 and 19, 2014 among 2,286 adults (aged 18 and over), of whom 1,889 have visited a health care provider within the past year. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.