Survey: Third of consumers use social media sites to obtain health info

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More and more U.S. consumers now rely on social media sites to get health information, according to survey group PricewaterhouseCoopers.

According to a recent report, 33 percent of us use Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to find and share medical info. Among younger Americans, the number skyrockets to 80 percent.

Even among people older than 45, about half seek and share health information through social media.

The survey’s researchers polled more than 1,000 U.S. adults. They found those who use social media participate in an assortment of online health activities.

They look up consumer reviews of doctors and health treatments, share ideas on health care forums, join a cause focused on their disease or condition and post comments about what they went through.

The survey also found that more than half of those surveyed were likely to trust social media posts from doctors, nurses, hospitals and patient advocacy groups.

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