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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Delivering healthcare information via the internet: Cardiac patients’ access, usage, perceptions of usefulness, and website content preferences
Author(s): Jones, Jenny
Cassie, Sarah
Thompson, Mamie
Atherton, Iain
Leslie, Stephen
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Keywords: cardiology/cardiovascular disease
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Date Deposited: 15-May-2014
Citation: Jones J, Cassie S, Thompson M, Atherton I & Leslie S (2014) Delivering healthcare information via the internet: Cardiac patients’ access, usage, perceptions of usefulness, and website content preferences. Telemedicine and e-Health, 20 (3), pp. 223-228.
Abstract: Objectives: To assess patients' usage of the Internet as a source of personal healthcare information and patients' perceptions of usefulness and content preferences of more locally focused online health-related material. Materials and Methods: A paper-based survey was undertaken by a convenience sample of cardiac outpatients. Age, gender, Internet access, Internet usage, perception of usefulness of online information, predicted intention to use a local cardiology Web site if available, and preferred components to be included were recorded. Univariate and bivariate statistics were used. Results: Two hundred thirty-seven patients responded (62.1% males). One hundred seventy-six (74.3%) used the Internet, with 126 (63%) using it daily. For patients who did not have direct access to the Internet, 26 (50%) had a family member to do this on their behalf. Thus, the majority of patients (202 [85%]) had access to the Internet at home or someone who could access it on their behalf. Internet usage declined with age (Kendall's tau_b=0.321, p<0.001). There was no difference in use with gender (p=0.235). There was considerable interest expressed in a locally delivered Web-based information service. Conclusions: Online healthcare information services have the potential to reach the vast majority of cardiac patients either directly or through family support. The most elderly patients are less likely to use these services. Despite apparent satisfaction with existing online resources, there appears to be an unmet need for more information and considerable support for a locally based cardiac patient Web resource to deliver this. These findings may help guide future patient information Web site redesign.
DOI Link: 10.1089/tmj.2013.0182
Rights: This is a copy of an article published in the Telemedicine and e-Health © 2014 copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; Telemedicine and e-Health is available online at:

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