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Paediatric diabetes: information-seeking behaviours of families

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posted on 2023-02-23, 15:16 authored by Alan P. Macken, E Sasaki, A Quinn, Walter Cullen, DES LEDDIN, COLUM DUNNECOLUM DUNNE, CLODAGH O'GORMANCLODAGH O'GORMAN
The Internet provides patients and their families with ready access to on-line health related information. However, this information is not always accurate, understandable or provided by health professionals or advocacy groups. One hundred children with Type 1 diabetes mellitus, or their parents, attending a paediatric diabetes clinic during September to November 2011 were invited sequentially to participate in this questionnaire-based survey of Internet use in searching for diabetes-related information. Sixty-seven (67%) returned completed anonymised questionnaires: 36/67 (53%) were categorised as socio-economic groups C1/C2. Of the 67 families who returned completed questionnaires, 64 (96%) had a home computer and 62 (93%) had home Internet access; 27 (40%) rarely, and 40 (60%) frequently, searched on-line for diabetes-related information. Key search terms were not provided by respondents. There appears to be considerable internet use in seeking health related information for children with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Clinicians should make efforts to direct patients and their families to websites that present accurate and current information.

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Irish Medical Journal;107 (3)

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Irish Medical Organization

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