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Germans rely on Internet to stay healthy
Up to 25 per cent of surfers consult web in medical matters

Bielefeld (pte021/13.02.2003/12:26) - Germans are increasingly fond of consulting 'net doctors', as a new survey by market research institute RNS EMNID shows.

Of the 1,776 participants in the survey, about 25 per cent said they regularly consulted the Internet when they had a doctor's appointment. About seven per cent rely on the web to inform themselves prior to seeing a physician and eight per cent consult the web afterwards. Up to ten per cent use the Internet to gather information both before and after a personal consultation.

Over 50 per cent of the German users questioned can imagine using the Internet as a source of information on health and medical topics.

Senior research consultant Dirk Balsmeier said: "The Internet is becoming more and more important as an information platform for medical topics. Publicly available information and rapid access to medical issues are also creating new challenges for doctors. The industry and associations should use the Internet as a communications channel to increase contact with patients".

The survey was carried out on the TNS EMNID online panel askQ!@emnid. According to the organizers, pains were taken to ensure that the structuring of the panel and the selection of participants represented a broad segment of German Internet users.

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