One in five people in the U.S. use social media to make health care decisions.
More broadly speaking, about two out of every five people consult Facebook for health care information, and the preferred according to a National Research Corporation survey of almost 23,000 people in the U.S.
Among the survey respondents, 94.1 percent use Facebook, while 32 percent peruse content on you Tube, 17.9 percent use Twitter, 17.7 look at MySpace and 2.4 percent use FourSquare.
When asked to rate their trust of social media on a scale of one to five, 77.3 percent of survey respondents selected somewhere between three and five. These findings together ought to motivate health care providers to expand their presence on Facebook.
These findings come at a time when some health care providers are contemplating how to maintain professional distance from patients on social media sites, with a view toward reining in legal liability.
Do you research health topics on Facebook before scheduling a doctor’s appointment?