J Natl Med Assoc 2021 May 4. Epub 2021 May 4.
Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA.
Background: There is growing interest in passively-generated online search data for health sciences research, but limited use to address musculoskeletal illness.
Questions/purposes: (1) To determine geographic and seasonal patterns in Google queries for shoulder, knee, hip, and neck pain across the United States, and (2) to quantify the state-level correlation of the volume of online symptom searches with rates of various population health indicators.
Methods: Using Google trends, we identified queries for shoulder, knee, hip, and neck pain in every state of the United States during 2018. Read More