Previous reports have found more and more adults in the United States are turning to the Internet for health information. Now survey results released today by health-care market research firm Manhattan Research indicate a significant number of individuals are accessing online health information from their mobile phones.
Nearly 8,750 U.S. adults completed the consumer digital health trends survey online or over the phone from July through September. Results showed 26 percent used their mobile phones to access health information in the past year, up from 12 percent in 2010. According to a company release:
Information-gathering, whether by searching for health information or consuming health news, remains the most common mobile health behavior. However, there has been an increase in consumers using their mobile phones to manage their care or treatment in the past year. For example, 3 percent of consumers used prescription drug refill or reminder services on their mobile phones in 2010, while 8 percent did so in 2011.
Similarly, a 2010 survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found 15 percent of adults in the United States have used a cellphone to look for health information. Overall, cellphone users between the ages of 18 and 29 were more likely than those in older or younger demographics to look for health information, according to Pew data.
Previously: A detailed look at how Americans search for health information online, The third most popular activity on the Internet and More than half of U.S. adults turn to the Internet for health information
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