According to the CrowdMed Medical Trust Census http://www.crowdmed.com/, the vast majority of U.S. patients are interested in consulting others who are not necessarily practicing doctors.
73% of Americans would trust a NURSE to suggest a diagnosis
74% would trust an ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
84% would trust a RETIRED DOCTOR
87% would trust a FORMER PATIENT WITH RELATED SYMPTOMS
62% would trust a MEDICAL STUDENT