"Once online, having a chronic disease increases the probability that someone will take advantage of social media to share what they know and learn from their peers," the study found.
Still, people living with chronic disease remain strongly connected to offline sources of medical assistance and advice:
- 93% of adults living with chronic disease ask a health professional for information or assistance in dealing with health or medical issues.
- 60% ask a friend or family member.
- 56% use books or other printed reference material.
- 44% use the internet.
- 38% contact their insurance provider.
- 6% use another source not mentioned in the list.