Blog | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

QD: News Every Day--People informally track their health, symptoms

Nearly seven in ten (69%) U.S. adults track a health indicator like diet and exercise or a symptom such as blood pressure for themselves or a loved one, but they're doing it mostly mentally, a survey found.

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that:
--60% track their weight, diet or exercise routine;
--33% track health indicators or symptoms, like blood pressure, A1c, headaches or sleep patterns; and
--12% track health indicators or symptoms for a loved one.

Half of respondents track of progress in their heads. One-third track it on paper. One-fifth use a spreadsheet, website, app or device.

Overall, tracking works, the respondents said. Nearly two-thirds said tracking has led them to change their approach to staying healthy, ask a doctor new questions or to get a second opinion, or affected a decision about their illness.

The survey was done by phone among more than 3,000 U.S. adults from Aug. 7 to Sept. 6, 2012.