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Web research precedes many calls to a doctor
San Francisco Chronicle

The doctor’s office is now the place many American adults go for a second opinion. The first opinion, research shows, comes from the Internet. Almost three-quarters of U.S. Internet users say they’ve sought some kind of health information online in the past 12 months, and about one-third of adults admit they’ve done online research in attempts to diagnose themselves or someone else. These are the results of a 2013 survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.