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Patient education and the Internet: do patients want us to provide them with medical web sites to learn more about their medical problems?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15028326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This study was performed to assess inner city Emergency Department (ED) patients' use of the Internet to obtain medical information, and patients' interest in being provided medical links by their ED physician to learn more about their medical condition. A convenience sample of inner city ED patients were surveyed regarding computer/Internet access, past searches for medical information, and whether they desired medical links provided with discharge paperwork. Of 328 patients completing the survey, 178 (54%) had computers, whereas 150 (46%) had access to the Internet. Seventy-nine (24%) had previously used the World Wide Web (WWW) to obtain medical information, and 26 (33%) of these reported difficulty in obtaining useful information. One hundred ninety-two (59%) were interested or very interested in being provided links to medical sites. Patients more likely to want medical links were younger, college educated, and in higher salary ranges. There was no difference in desire to be provided links based on number of past medical problems or duration of symptoms. In conclusion, almost half the inner city ED patients in this survey have Internet access and over half were interested in being provided quality medical links as a part of their discharge paperwork.
Authors:
David Salo; Carlos Perez; Robert Lavery; Aditya Malankar; Marc Borenstein; Steven Bernstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-18     Completed Date:  2004-08-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  293-300     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI) Newark, New Jersey 07112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Age Factors
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Emergency Medical Services / methods*,  statistics & numerical data*
Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
Female
Health Care Surveys
Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
Hospitals, Urban / statistics & numerical data
Humans
Internet*
Male
Middle Aged
New Jersey
Online Systems / statistics & numerical data*
Patient Education as Topic / methods*,  statistics & numerical data*
Physician's Role
Prospective Studies
Socioeconomic Factors

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