Table 3

E-health activities and consequences in the total sample and among Internet users3.

Activities (Have you used the internet to...)

Count

% in total sample (N = 7903)

% among Internet users (N = 4906)


Interact with web doctor/health professional you have not met

1485

19

30

Approach family doctor or other known health professionals

325

4

7

Self-help activities

1325

17

27

Order medicines/health products

1016

13

21

Read about health or illness

2567

33

52

Decide whether to see a doctor

2254

29

46

Prepare for an appointment

1830

23

37

Look up information after an appointment

2139

27

44

Consequences (Has information you obtained from the Internet led to any of the following)

Feelings of anxiety

754

10

15

Feelings of reassurance or relief

1464

19

30

Willingness to change diet/lifestyle habits

1611

20

33

Suggestions/queries about diagnoses

1612

20

33

Change of medicine without consulting a health professional

192

2

4

Making, cancelling or changing a doctor's appointment

445

6

9


1Sample weighted for population size.

Andreassen et al. BMC Public Health 2007 7:53   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-53

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