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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11:1090-1.

WHIST: a web-based survey on health information seeking on Internet in France, 2007.

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  • 1INSERM, UMR S 707, Research group on the social determinants of health and healthcare, Paris, 75012 France.


Since the widespread use of the Internet, few studies have examined health information seeking in France. A web-based survey was conducted to understand how and why French people use the Internet for health information seeking. SES and psychosocial characteristics, health status, illness perception, and characteristics of web-based searches were assessed and studied using the ehealth literacy concept. We do not demonstrate that Internet is used instead of general practitioner or the healthcare system.

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