Experiences and attitudes of Dutch rheumatologists and oncologists with regard to their patients’ health-related Internet use

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Uden-Kraan van, Cornelia F. and Drossaert, Constance H.C. and Taal, Erik and Smit, Wim A. and Seydel, Erwin R. and Laar van de, Mart A.F.J. (2010) Experiences and attitudes of Dutch rheumatologists and oncologists with regard to their patients’ health-related Internet use. Clinical Rheumatology, 29 (11). pp. 1229-1236. ISSN 0770-3198

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Abstract:The objective of this study is to explore the experiences and attitudes of rheumatologists and oncologists with regard to their patients’ health-related Internet use. In addition, we explored how often physicians referred their patients to health-related Internet sites. We sent a questionnaire to all the rheumatologists and oncologists in the Netherlands. The questionnaire included questions concerning demographics, experiences with patients’ health-related Internet use, referral behavior, and attitudes to the consequences of patients’ health-related Internet use (for patients themselves, the physician-patient relationship and the health care). The response rate was 46% (N = 238). Of these respondents, 134 practiced as a rheumatologist and 104 as an oncologist. Almost all physicians encountered their patients raising information from the Internet during a consultation. They were not, however, confronted with their patients’ health-related Internet use on a daily basis. Physicians had a moderately positive attitude towards the consequences of patients’ health-related Internet use, the physician-patient relationship and the health care. Oncologists were significantly less positive than rheumatologists about the consequences of health-related Internet use. Most of the physicians had never (32%) or only sometimes (42%) referred a patient to a health-related Internet site. Most physicians (53%) found it difficult to stay up-to-date with reliable Internet sites for patients. Physicians are moderately positive about their patients’ health-related Internet use but only seldom refer them to relevant sites. Offering an up-to-date site with accredited websites for patients might help physicians refer their patients.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10067-010-1435-1
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