The Public and Doctors Surveyed Use Social Media in Comparable Proportions

January 31, 2011 | Survey
Markle Health in a Networked Life

The Markle Survey on Health in a Networked Life uniquely compares the core values of physicians and patients on deployment of information technology in health care.

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Key Findings

  • Compared to patients, a higher percentage of doctors disagree that patients can learn a lot of helpful information by communicating with other patients online.
  • The public and doctors surveyed use social media in comparable proportions.
  • Very few patients and doctors say they’d like to be friends on a social networking site like Facebook.


  • Patient and doctor use of social media, both separately and together, is an area that requires much more study.
  • From this limited battery, few firm conclusions can be drawn.