A new Pew report has data that seems contradictory — only 62% of people with chronic disease access the internet (unlike the average of 81%), yet, those with chronic disease on the internet are very involved in blogs, discussions, and other activities.
The difference is simply one thing – access to the internet. Those with chronic conditions who have internet access are very involved the study found. In fact, it was a “significant increase” in involvement when someone on the internet had a chronic disease diagnosis. So that makes, on average, nearly 20% fewer people (than the average) who are possibly interested but unable to participate.
The study found that users with chronic conditions were using the internet as a communication tool (not as an “information vending machine”) to look up blog posts, participate in ongoing discussions, reviews of hospitals and doctors as well as a variety of user-generated health content (e.g., podcasts).
Chronic Disease and the Internet, Pew Report March 2010