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Crowdsourced HealthHow What You Do on the Internet Will Improve Medicine$
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Elad Yom-Tov

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034500

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034500.001.0001

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Answering the Unaskable

Answering the Unaskable

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(p.31) 2 Answering the Unaskable
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Crowdsourced Health
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Elad Yom-Tov

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034500.003.0003

Most Internet users have sought medical information online. This chapter investigates where people search for such information, the types of information they search for, and whether they find what they are looking for. A related question addressed in this chapter is, are the questions people ask truthful, that is, are they reflective of a true medical condition? We show that anonymity is an important consideration for people who ask medical questions, and that the venue on which questions are asked is anonymous, people are largely truthful, revealing factual medical concerns.

Keywords:   Medical information, Truthfulness, Anonymity, Information search, Medical conditions

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