Adults with chronic diseases less likely to use Internet

September 10, 2010

Adults suffering from chronic diseases or conditions are significantly less likely to have Internet access than are healthy adults.

Adults suffering from chronic diseases or conditions are significantly less likely to have Internet access than are healthy adults. A survey by the Pew Internet Project and California HealthCare Foundation finds that 81% of adults reporting no chronic diseases go online, compared with 62% of adults with 1 or multiple chronic diseases. Similarly, 51% of adults with a chronic disease have looked online for specific health information, versus 66% of adults without chronic conditions. However, when demographic factors such as age and income are controlled, Internet users with chronic diseases are slightly more likely than other users to go online for information.