AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 28, Number 1, 2019


NEW! AANS Neurosurgeon STATLine

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The Most Accessed Online Resources for Health-related Information

Did You Know?


Social Media Edition


  • 90 percent of respondents ages 18 to 24 said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks
  • 87 percent of physicians reported using social media for personal use; 67 percent used social media for professional purposes
  • 60 percent of doctors say social media improves the quality of care delivered to patients
  • 54 percent of patients are very comfortable with their providers seeking advice from online communities to better treat their conditions
  • 49 percent of people expect to hear from their doctor within a few hours when requesting an appointment or a follow-up discussion via social media
  • > 40 percent of consumers say that information found via social media affects the way that they deal with their health
  • 41 percent of people said social media would affect their choice of a specific physician, hospital or medical facility
  • 33 percent of US consumers use social media for healthcare information
  • 31 percent of healthcare organizations have specific written social media guidelines
  • 26 percent of all hospitals in the US participate in social media
  • 19 percent percent of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone

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2. Vaidya, A. (2015, February). Social media & the healthcare industry: 10 statistics. 

3. Miller, M. (2012, April). 33% of U.S. consumers use social media for health care info [survey]. 

4. Warden, C. (2017, September). 30 facts & statistics on social media and healthcare. 


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