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Use of the internet by parents of paediatric outpatients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12456558     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: (1) To establish how many parents of children seen in paediatric outpatient departments use the internet to find information about their child's medical condition. (2) To ascertain what information is sought and found, and what proportion of all parents had access to the internet at home or elsewhere. METHODS: Over a six week period in 2000, parents of children attending general paediatric outpatient clinics in the district general hospital in Bath and in the 10 associated community hospitals, were asked to complete a questionnaire survey. RESULTS: Of the 577 questionnaires distributed, 485 were returned, a response rate of 84%. A total of 332 (69%) families owned a computer and 248 (51%) had internet access; 107 (22%) had looked on the internet for information about the problem for which their child was being seen in clinic that day. Parents who knew their child's diagnosis were more likely to have used the internet than those who named their child's symptoms only. A health professional had suggested that parents seek information on the internet in 6% of cases. These parents were more likely to use the internet than parents to whom this had not been suggested (67% v 20%, p < 0.001). Eighty nine (84%) parents who had used the internet prior to this clinic appointment found it useful. Thirty six (34%) parents had discussed or were planning to discuss the information they had found with their doctors. CONCLUSION: A significant proportion of parents have access to the internet and use it to find information about their child's medical condition. The parents who discuss what they find with the clinic doctor are in the minority. Doctors should be prepared to ask parents about their information needs and discuss use of the internet.
C Tuffrey; F Finlay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood     Volume:  87     ISSN:  1468-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-28     Completed Date:  2003-01-09     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372434     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  534-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Child Health, NHS House, Newbridge Hill, Bath BA1 3QE, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Health Education / methods
Infant, Newborn
Internet / utilization*
Outpatients / statistics & numerical data*
Parents / education*
Patient Education as Topic / methods

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