Cyberchondriac


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A person who imagines he/she has a particular disease because his/her symptoms match those listed on an Internet health site
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As in the past a large majority of cyberchondriacs (88%) continues to report that they were successful in searching for health information online.
Fully eighty-six percent of cyberchondriacs say that the health information they found online was reliable (26% "very reliable" and 60% "somewhat reliable").
The others - posted by medical journals, hospitals, drug companies, agony aunts, self-help groups and just plain cranks - hold all the evidence cyberchondriacs need to reinforce the belief that they don't have a headache, they have a brain tumour, or that their weariness is a result of Aids, not staying up all night surfing for symptoms.
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In the new poll, the number of Cyberchondriacs has jumped to 175 million from 154 million last year, possibly as a result of the health care reform debate.
The report shows the number of cyberchondriacs rising from 54 million in 1998 to 111 million today.
The payers, nurse reviewers, cyberchondriacs and their families, trial lawyers, case managers, medical directors, credentialing and performance improvement/peer review bodies, JCAHOs, HCFAs, etc.
By all means surf the net for information but be streetwise, beware of the side effects of this approach, however, start with Google and see what they say about CYBERCHONDRIACS.
The number of cyberchondriacs (people looking for health information online) has plateaued at a high level
The online activities of Cyberchondriacs have captured the attention of physicians, and pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, who have now started to battle for the hearts and minds of these online health care consumers.
One of the main problems that cyberchondriacs face is that the web's not always reliable.