Table 5

Most likely profiles of citizens using the Internet to get health information to help dealing with a consultation

Find health information to help decide whether to consult a health professional

Find health information prior to an appointment

Find information after an appointment with health professionals




General population

Health Internet users

General population

Health Internet users

General population

Health Internet users





Gender





Age

15-25

15-25

15-25

26-35

26-35





Education

higher education

higher education

higher education

higher education

higher education





Kids at home (< 18)




Place of living

main city

main city

main city

main city




Work situation


Disable or with diagnosis


Relative disable or with diagnosis


Subjective health




At least one consultation in the last year

yes

yes

yes

yes





Interact with a HP never meet face-to-face

infrequent

infrequent

infrequent

infrequent

infrequent

infrequent





Participate in forums

established

established

infrequent

infrequent

established

established





Order medicines

established

established

established

established

established

established





Read about health or illness

established

established

established

established

established

established


Santana et al. BMC Family Practice 2011 12:20   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-20

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