Online health & fitness articles cause patients to ditch their doctors
A research paper has made the news as it indicates 59% of all patients go online for help with illness and health issues
Sweden, January 20th 2009: A recent study and research paper conducted by iCrossing has illustrated the effect that the development of the web to provide reliable and valid information (also known as Web 2.0) has had on health care and fitness issues in society.
The survey shows that as much as 59% of the adult population in the United States go online to find information, advice and support through reading physical health, mental health and fitness articles, compared to a minority of 55% who visit their doctor. This recent development in health care has been renamed ’Health 2.0’ and its prevalence is rising dramatically, especially with the launch of websites such as ArticleDoctor.com; a portal where users publish their own informative health and fitness articles.
The website aims to give users a more intimate experience when looking for information, through health and fitness articles. This venture comes from indications that people inexorably trust information they get from others who suffer from similar or identical conditions.
“The website is still undergoing some serious changes” Says John Palsson CEO of SEOMinds LTD. “but already members and visitors to the site are finding heaps of information and comforting words from fellow sufferers that they simply can’t get from a GP”
ArticleDoctor.com foresees a full launch within the next few months which will expand the number of health and fitness articles at their domain which already go all the way through the alphabet, from Acne to Yoga. Members simply sign up and choose to publish articles under any of 53 different categories in an easy to use blogging format.
Health 2.0 is the namesake for the increase in the number of people looking for information and support on health issues online. From this John Palsson and Sonia Jones’ health and fitness articles submission portal ’ArticleDoctor.com’ has been born and it is offering Internet users the chance to publish their own personal experiences, advice and knowledge on certain areas of health and fitness.
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