1. Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Jan;12(1):109-14. Epub 2007 Oct 23.

Use of computers and the Internet for health information by patients with
epilepsy.

Escoffery C(1), Diiorio C, Yeager KA, McCarty F, Robinson E, Reisinger E, Henry
T, Koganti A.

Author information: 
(1)Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of
Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. cescoff@sph.emory.edu

The purpose of this study was to describe computer and Internet use among an
online group and a clinic-based group of people with epilepsy. Greater than 95%
of the online group and 60% of the clinic group have access to computers and the 
Internet. More than 99% of the online group and 57% of the clinic group used the 
Internet to find health information. A majority of people reported being likely
to employ an Internet-based self-management program to control their epilepsy.
About 43% reported searching for general information on epilepsy, 30% for
medication, 23% for specific types of epilepsy, and 20% for treatment. This study
found that people with epilepsy have access to computers and the Internet, desire
epilepsy-specific information, and are receptive to online health information on 
how to manage their epilepsy.

DOI: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2007.07.013 
PMID: 17959420  [Indexed for MEDLINE]