Online Healthcare Discussions 98% Patient or Caregiver Driven

March 17, 2012
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online healthcare discussions are dominated by patients and caregiversHere is a fascinating Infographic on the source and content of online healthcare discussions. Turns out that in all but one case Healthcare Providers are supplying 2% or less of the content of these posts.

The lone exception is the topic of Lung Cancer where healthcare providers supply a whopping 9% of the information in online chat.

In a number of cases the majority of the discussion is driven by the patient’s caregiver … Alzheimer’s disease tops that statistic as you might expect.

The authors of this infographic focused on disease specific discussions and found the most discussed topics to be

  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Breast Cancer
  • ADD
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Here is a link to the full size image and a thumbnail view is below

online healthcare discussion patient driven