Tracking can affect someone’s overall approach to health
Why do people go to the trouble of tracking health data, for themselves or for someone they care for? A recent study conducted by The Pew Internet & American Life Project says it’s because people get results. Of the U.S. adults that track health indicators, using memory, paper, technology or a combination:
- 46% say that this activity has changed their overall approach to maintaining their health or the health of someone for whom they provide care.
- 40% say it has led them to ask a doctor new questions or to get a second opinion from another doctor.
- 34% of trackers say it has affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition.
In all, 63% of trackers agree with at least one of those statements of impact.
Tracking has had a more significant impact on people living with chronic conditions
The same study concluded that of “health trackers” living with 2+ conditions:
- 56% say it has affected their overall approach to maintaining their health or the health of someone they help care for, compared with 40% of trackers who report no chronic conditions.
- 53% say it has led them to ask a doctor new questions or to seek a second opinion, compared with 33% of trackers with no chronic conditions
- 45% say it has affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition, compared with 25% of trackers with no chronic conditions.
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The results reported come from a nationwide survey of adults living in the United States. To download the full report “Tracking for Health“, visit: the Pew Research Internet Project.