BACKGROUND: The internet has been increasingly used as a resource for accessing health-related information. A recent US survey found that approximately half of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients in an IBD clinic use the internet to gather IBD-specific information. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of the internet among Italian IBD patients. METHODS: The study was performed in seven Italian IBD referral centers by using a 28-item anonymous questionnaire. RESULTS: In all, 495 questionnaires were returned for analysis, in which 305 of 495 patients (61.6%) indicated that they are able to access the internet. A large proportion used the internet to gather health-related information (180 of 305, 59.1%) and IBD-related information (226 of 305, 74.2%). The use of the internet increased significantly with level of education (P<0.0001) and household income (P<0.0001). In addition, the use of the internet to gather IBD-related information increased significantly with the increase of disease activity and severity. CONCLUSION: Approximately half of the patients in Italian IBD referral centers used the internet to gather IBD-related information. This use positively correlated with disease activity and severity. The great majority of patients indicated that it was very important for IBD referral centers to have their own IBD-dedicated website.

Background The internet has been increasingly used as a resource for accessing health-related information. A recent US survey found that approximately half of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients in an IBD clinic use the internet to gather IBD-specific information. Aim The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of the internet among Italian IBD patients. Methods The study was performed in seven Italian IBD referral centers by using a 28-item anonymous questionnaire. Results In all, 495 questionnaires were returned for analysis, in which 305 of 495 patients (61.6%) indicated that they are able to access the internet. A large proportion used the internet to gather health-related information (180 of 305, 59.1%) and IBD-related information (226 of 305, 74.2%). The use of the internet increased significantly with level of education (P < 0.0001) and household income (P < 0.0001). In addition, the use of the internet to gather IBD-related information increased significantly with the increase of disease activity and severity. Conclusion Approximately half of the patients in Italian IBD referral centers used the internet to gather IBD-related information. This use positively correlated with disease activity and severity. The great majority of patients indicated that it was very important for IBD referral centers to have their own IBD-dedicated website. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 21: 1036-1041 (C) 2009 Wolters Kluwer Health vertical bar Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. RI Sorrentino, Dario/E-8131-2010

Internet use among inflammatory bowel disease patients: an Italian multicenter survey

Malesci A;Danese S
2009

Abstract

Background The internet has been increasingly used as a resource for accessing health-related information. A recent US survey found that approximately half of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients in an IBD clinic use the internet to gather IBD-specific information. Aim The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of the internet among Italian IBD patients. Methods The study was performed in seven Italian IBD referral centers by using a 28-item anonymous questionnaire. Results In all, 495 questionnaires were returned for analysis, in which 305 of 495 patients (61.6%) indicated that they are able to access the internet. A large proportion used the internet to gather health-related information (180 of 305, 59.1%) and IBD-related information (226 of 305, 74.2%). The use of the internet increased significantly with level of education (P < 0.0001) and household income (P < 0.0001). In addition, the use of the internet to gather IBD-related information increased significantly with the increase of disease activity and severity. Conclusion Approximately half of the patients in Italian IBD referral centers used the internet to gather IBD-related information. This use positively correlated with disease activity and severity. The great majority of patients indicated that it was very important for IBD referral centers to have their own IBD-dedicated website. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 21: 1036-1041 (C) 2009 Wolters Kluwer Health vertical bar Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. RI Sorrentino, Dario/E-8131-2010
BACKGROUND: The internet has been increasingly used as a resource for accessing health-related information. A recent US survey found that approximately half of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients in an IBD clinic use the internet to gather IBD-specific information. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of the internet among Italian IBD patients. METHODS: The study was performed in seven Italian IBD referral centers by using a 28-item anonymous questionnaire. RESULTS: In all, 495 questionnaires were returned for analysis, in which 305 of 495 patients (61.6%) indicated that they are able to access the internet. A large proportion used the internet to gather health-related information (180 of 305, 59.1%) and IBD-related information (226 of 305, 74.2%). The use of the internet increased significantly with level of education (P<0.0001) and household income (P<0.0001). In addition, the use of the internet to gather IBD-related information increased significantly with the increase of disease activity and severity. CONCLUSION: Approximately half of the patients in Italian IBD referral centers used the internet to gather IBD-related information. This use positively correlated with disease activity and severity. The great majority of patients indicated that it was very important for IBD referral centers to have their own IBD-dedicated website.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; 80 and over; Female; Humans; Information Dissemination; Internet; Italy; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Education as Topic; Questionnaires; Young Adult
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