Prevalence of Internet use amongst an elective spinal surgery outpatient population.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/141082
Title:
Prevalence of Internet use amongst an elective spinal surgery outpatient population.
Authors:
Baker, Joseph F; Devitt, Brian M; Kiely, Paul D; Green, James; Mulhall, Kevin J; Synnott, Keith A; Poynton, Ashley R
Affiliation:
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Ireland. joseph.f.baker@gmail.com
Citation:
Prevalence of Internet use amongst an elective spinal surgery outpatient population. 2010, 19 (10):1776-9 Eur Spine J
Journal:
European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society
Issue Date:
Oct-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/141082
DOI:
10.1007/s00586-010-1377-y
PubMed ID:
20361342
Additional Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20361342
Abstract:
Nationally 62% of individuals in Ireland have internet access. Previous published work has suggested that internet use is higher among those with low back pain. We aimed to determine the levels of internet access and use amongst an elective spinal outpatient population and determine what characteristics influence these. We distributed a self-designed questionnaire to patients attending elective spinal outpatient clinics. Data including demographics, history of surgery, number of visits, level of satisfaction with previous consultations, access to the internet, possession of health insurance, and details regarding use of the internet to research one's spinal complaint were collected. 213 patients completed the questionnaire. 159 (75%) had access to the internet. Of this group 48 (23%) used the internet to research their spinal condition. Increasing age, higher education level, and possession of health insurance were all significantly associated with access to the internet (p < 0.05). A higher education level predicted greater internet use while possession of insurance weakly predicted non-use (p < 0.05). In our practice, internet access is consistent with national statistics and use is comparable to previous reports. Approximately, one quarter of outpatients will use the internet to research their spinal condition. Should we use this medium to disseminate information we need to be aware some groups may not have access.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Access to Information; Adult; Aged; Ambulatory Surgical Procedures; Female; Humans; Internet; Ireland; Low Back Pain; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Education as Topic; Prevalence; Questionnaires; Spinal Diseases
ISSN:
1432-0932

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Joseph Fen
dc.contributor.authorDevitt, Brian Men
dc.contributor.authorKiely, Paul Den
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Jamesen
dc.contributor.authorMulhall, Kevin Jen
dc.contributor.authorSynnott, Keith Aen
dc.contributor.authorPoynton, Ashley Ren
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-29T10:32:52Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-29T10:32:52Z-
dc.date.issued2010-10-
dc.identifier.citationPrevalence of Internet use amongst an elective spinal surgery outpatient population. 2010, 19 (10):1776-9 Eur Spine Jen
dc.identifier.issn1432-0932-
dc.identifier.pmid20361342-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00586-010-1377-y-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/141082-
dc.description.abstractNationally 62% of individuals in Ireland have internet access. Previous published work has suggested that internet use is higher among those with low back pain. We aimed to determine the levels of internet access and use amongst an elective spinal outpatient population and determine what characteristics influence these. We distributed a self-designed questionnaire to patients attending elective spinal outpatient clinics. Data including demographics, history of surgery, number of visits, level of satisfaction with previous consultations, access to the internet, possession of health insurance, and details regarding use of the internet to research one's spinal complaint were collected. 213 patients completed the questionnaire. 159 (75%) had access to the internet. Of this group 48 (23%) used the internet to research their spinal condition. Increasing age, higher education level, and possession of health insurance were all significantly associated with access to the internet (p < 0.05). A higher education level predicted greater internet use while possession of insurance weakly predicted non-use (p < 0.05). In our practice, internet access is consistent with national statistics and use is comparable to previous reports. Approximately, one quarter of outpatients will use the internet to research their spinal condition. Should we use this medium to disseminate information we need to be aware some groups may not have access.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20361342en
dc.subject.meshAccess to Information-
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshAmbulatory Surgical Procedures-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshInternet-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshLow Back Pain-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshPatient Education as Topic-
dc.subject.meshPrevalence-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.subject.meshSpinal Diseases-
dc.titlePrevalence of Internet use amongst an elective spinal surgery outpatient population.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Ireland. joseph.f.baker@gmail.comen
dc.identifier.journalEuropean spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Societyen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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