A quantitative assessment of changing trends in internet usage for cancer information.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207222
Title:
A quantitative assessment of changing trends in internet usage for cancer information.
Authors:
McHugh, Seamus M; Corrigan, Mark; Morney, Nora; Sheikh, Athar; Lehane, Elaine; Hill, Arnold D K
Affiliation:
Department of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Beaumont, Hospital, Dublin 2, Ireland. seamusmchugh@rcsi.ie
Citation:
World J Surg. 2011 Feb;35(2):253-7.
Journal:
World journal of surgery
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207222
DOI:
10.1007/s00268-010-0830-8
PubMed ID:
20972679
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: The internet is an important source of healthcare information. To date, assessment of its use as a source of oncologic information has been restricted to retrospective surveys. METHODS: The cancer-related searches of approximately 361,916,185 people in the United States and the United Kingdom were examined. Data were collected from two separate 100-day periods in 2008 and 2010. RESULTS: In 2008, there were 97,531 searches. The majority of searches related to basic cancer information (18,700, 19%), followed by treatment (8404, 9%) and diagnosis (6460, 7%). This compares with 179,025 searches in 2010 representing an increase of 183%. In 2008 breast cancer accounted for 21,102 (21%) individual searches, increasing to 85,825 searches in 2010. In 2010 a total of 0.2% (321) of searches focused on litigation, with those searching for breast cancer information most likely to research this topic (P=0.000). CONCLUSION: Use of the internet as a source of oncological information is increasing rapidly. These searches represent the most sensitive information relating to cancer, including prognosis and litigation. It is imperative now that efforts are made to ensure the reliability and comprehensiveness of this information.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Humans; Internet/*trends/*utilization; *Neoplasms
ISSN:
1432-2323 (Electronic); 0364-2313 (Linking)

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcHugh, Seamus Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorCorrigan, Marken_GB
dc.contributor.authorMorney, Noraen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSheikh, Atharen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLehane, Elaineen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHill, Arnold D Ken_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T10:02:20Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T10:02:20Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T10:02:20Z-
dc.identifier.citationWorld J Surg. 2011 Feb;35(2):253-7.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1432-2323 (Electronic)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0364-2313 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid20972679en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00268-010-0830-8en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207222-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The internet is an important source of healthcare information. To date, assessment of its use as a source of oncologic information has been restricted to retrospective surveys. METHODS: The cancer-related searches of approximately 361,916,185 people in the United States and the United Kingdom were examined. Data were collected from two separate 100-day periods in 2008 and 2010. RESULTS: In 2008, there were 97,531 searches. The majority of searches related to basic cancer information (18,700, 19%), followed by treatment (8404, 9%) and diagnosis (6460, 7%). This compares with 179,025 searches in 2010 representing an increase of 183%. In 2008 breast cancer accounted for 21,102 (21%) individual searches, increasing to 85,825 searches in 2010. In 2010 a total of 0.2% (321) of searches focused on litigation, with those searching for breast cancer information most likely to research this topic (P=0.000). CONCLUSION: Use of the internet as a source of oncological information is increasing rapidly. These searches represent the most sensitive information relating to cancer, including prognosis and litigation. It is imperative now that efforts are made to ensure the reliability and comprehensiveness of this information.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshInternet/*trends/*utilizationen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Neoplasmsen_GB
dc.titleA quantitative assessment of changing trends in internet usage for cancer information.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Beaumont, Hospital, Dublin 2, Ireland. seamusmchugh@rcsi.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalWorld journal of surgeryen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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