A poll in late March of 4,364 patients finds 29 percent of respondents have withheld certain health information from their physician, 47 percent have not shared certain health information with an employer and 14 percent have withheld information from a health insurer.

What makes this poll different from others is that all the respondents use the PatientsLikeMe online communities to share information and experiences with other patients who have the same medical condition. The site presently has 98,000 patients discussing more than 500 different conditions.

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