Many doubt doctor's advice when it conflicts with Web-generated medical information

August 26, 2008

New York - Result of a recently released survey show that while most Americans view their doctors as their most trusted source of medical information, 38 percent say they've doubted the opinion of medical professionals when it conflicts with online information, Healthcare IT News reports.

New York — Results of a recently released survey show that while most Americans view their doctors as their most trusted source of medical information, 38 percent say they’ve doubted the opinion of medical professionals when it conflicts with online information, Healthcare IT News reports.

The survey, commissioned by New York-based healthcare marketing/consulting firm Envision Solutions, is the first in a series of studies to determine how Americans use interactive technologies, such as the Internet, to learn about healthcare.

According to the survey, young adults are the most likely to be skeptical of medical advice: Forty-three percent of respondents ages 18 to 34 say they doubted their healthcare provider’s advice when it conflicted with online sources.

The online survey polled 1,000 adults from July 17 to July 21.