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J Med Internet Res. 2001 Apr-Jun;3(2):E17.

Factors associated with intended use of a Web site among family practice patients.

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Department of Family Medicine, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA. pbarbaro@hsc.unt.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The World Wide Web has become a widely utilized source of health information. Although the frequency of health related queries is impressive, the demographics associated with patients making queries has not been clearly delineated.

OBJECTIVE:

This study s objective was to determine health related Internet usage patterns of family medicine patients.

METHODS:

Internet use among 824 eligible patients 18 years or older attending seven university based family practice clinics during a two week period in November of 1999 was studied. The survey instrument included 10 items and was designed to collect data in less than five minutes using a paper and pencil format. Statistical significance associated with intended Web site use was computed using a multiple logistic regression model.

RESULTS:

A response rate of 72.2% was observed with 63.1% being females and 36.9% being males. The mean and median age were 44.0 and 45.7 years, respectively. A steady decline in intended Web site use was observed with advancing age with significant differences observed above 65 years (OR = 0.30; 95% CI = 0.14 - 0.64; p<.002). Other significant findings associated with intended use of a Web site by clinic based patients included having a home computer (OR = 1.99; 95%, CI = 1.05 3.76; p<0.03) and having Internet access at home (OR=5.6, 95%, CI = 2.83-11.18; p<.001). A lack of association between intended Web site use and health insurance status was observed.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results from this study suggest that Web sites are not likely to be alternative sources of health information for the uninsured or elderly in the near future.

PMID:
11720959
PMCID:
PMC1761902
DOI:
10.2196/jmir.3.2.e17
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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