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Use and perception of Internet for health related purposes in Germany: Results of a national survey

Dumitru, RC and Bürkle, T and Potapov, S and Lausen, B and Wiese, B and Prokosch, HU (2007) 'Use and perception of Internet for health related purposes in Germany: Results of a national survey.' International Journal of Public Health, 52 (5). 275 - 285. ISSN 1661-8556

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Abstract

Objectives: Patient empowerment through the Internet is seen as a chance to improve patient-physician communication. Studies on the prevalence of Internet use for health related purposes and on how patients perceive those technologies are still rare. We therefore studied perception of and trends in health related Internet use. Methods: As part of a European survey 1.000 German individuals were interviewed using a computer-based telephone interview (CATI: Gabler-Häder-Design, random-digit-dialing, last birthday method) in October 2005. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression models were applied for elaborating characteristics of the health Internet users. Results: Internet use in general (72.3%) and for health related purposes (53.1%) is already quite high. Its importance, relative to other sources of health related information, was rated rather low. Younger citizens and people with paid work used the Internet more often for health related purposes, nevertheless, assessing it as less important for health related purposes than their counterparts. Conclusion: Despite booming of Internet use in Germany, consumers still value and use more the traditional sources of health information/ communication with their doctors. Followup studies with a subsequent survey in 2007 will be pursued. © Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2007.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Mathematical Sciences, Department of
Depositing User: Berthold Lausen
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 10:25
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:12
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2456

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