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Docs use Google for health information

The Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2011

Doctors: they're just like us! General web browsers like Google and Yahoo are behind only professional journals and colleagues as a source of information physicians frequently use to diagnose and treat patients, according to a survey of more than 300 doctors. The survey, from Wolters Kluwer Health, covered a sample of American Medical Association members, both primary-care physicians and specialists. We weren't too surprised to hear that "spending more time with patients" ranked highest on a list of areas in which doctors would like to see improvement. Nor was it particularly shocking to read that expense is a big barrier to adopting new health technologies. But the Google and Yahoo findings initially surprised us.