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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4612

Title: Factors Associated with Intended Use of a Web Site Among Family Practice Patients
Authors: Smith-Barbaro, Peggy A
Licciardone, John C
Clarke, Howard F
Coleridge, Samuel T
Keywords: Short Paper
numerical data
Attitude to Computers
Socioeconomic Factors
Age Factors
Health Education/methods
Health Behavior
Family Practice
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Digital Divide
Issue Date: 17-May-2001
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Peggy A Smith-Barbaro, John C Licciardone, Howard F Clarke, Samuel T Coleridge. Factors Associated with Intended Use of a Web Site Among Family Practice Patients. J Med Internet Res 2001;3(2):e17 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2001/2/e17/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2001/2/e17/ ] Background: The World Wide Web has become a widely utilized source of health information. Although the frequency of health related queries is impressive, the demographics associated with patients making queries has not been clearly delineated. Objective: This study's objective was to determine health related Internet usage patterns of family medicine patients. Methods: Internet use among 824 eligible patients 18 years or older attending seven university based family practice clinics during a two week period in November of 1999 was studied. The survey instrument included 10 items and was designed to collect data in less than five minutes using a paper and pencil format. Statistical significance associated with intended Web site use was computed using a multiple logistic regression model. Results: A response rate of 72.2% was observed with 63.1% being females and 36.9% being males. The mean and median age were 44.0 and 45.7 years, respectively. A steady decline in intended Web site use was observed with advancing age with significant differences observed above 65 years (OR = 0.30; 95% CI = 0.14 - 0.64; p< .002). Other significant findings associated with intended use of a Web site by clinic based patients included having a home computer (OR = 1.99; 95%, CI = 1.05 - 3.76; p<0.03) and having Internet access at home (OR=5.6, 95%, CI = 2.83-11.18; p<.001). A lack of association between intended Web site use and health insurance status was observed. Conclusions: Results from this study suggest that Web sites are not likely to be alternative sources of health information for the uninsured or elderly in the near future.
Description: Reviewer: Eysenbach, Gunther
Reviewer: van der Slikke, Hans
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4612
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.3.2.e17
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Appears in Collections:Volume 3 (2001)

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