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Age a Limiting Factor in Online Health Searches for Quality of Care Information

Both iHealthBeat and eHealth SmartBrief comment today on an editorial in the Washington Times on the need for Internet health policies to reach out to seniors. A recent American Survey of registered voters found that more than eight in 10 U.S. residents said that they would search the Internet for the quality of care information about their physicians and hospitals, and about the same number said they would go online for additional medical information after a diagnosis, according to the survey. However, voters age 65 and older expressed "dramatically lower levels of interest" and just 48% said they would search for more information online. Policy initiatives should therefore dedicate special outreach and education initiatives for people over 65.