Patients, especially those with chronic illnesses, are turning to peers on the Internet for information on everyday health issues and for support. But the majority continue to rely on health professionals for diagnoses, drug information, and recommendations about health care professionals or facilities, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the California HealthCare Foundation.
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Overwhelmingly, patients prefer to receive information about diagnosis and treatment from a professional source, such as a physician or nurse, according to a recent telephone survey.
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