35% OF AMERICANS USE THE INTERNET AS THEIR 'DR. KNOW' FOR DIAGNOSIS OF AILMENTS

Among adults, 59% say they have done diagnostic sleuthing online. By the numbers: 77% start online medical sleuthing with a search engine rather than a specific health site or social network.

Moreover, 41% self-diagnosed online and had the diagnosis confirmed by a doctor.Only 18% of diagnosed online searches had them disputed by a doctor.
In a separate part of the survey, 70% said that the last time they had a serious health problem, they got information, care and support from doctors or other health professionals. About 60% got support from friends and family, and 24% got support from other people with the condition. Most of that support happened offline.

Doctors encourage patients to search more, not less, and discuss their findings with them.