Internet use by parents of children attending a dedicated scoliosis outpatient clinic Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • PURPOSE: No information exists on the level of internet use among parents of pediatric patients with scoliosis. The internet may represent a medium through which to provide information to augment the outpatient consultation. The aim of this research was to establish the prevalence of internet use amongst a cohort of parents attending a pediatric scoliosis outpatient clinic. METHODS: A previously used questionnaire (Baker et al., Eur Spine J, 19:1776-1779, 2010) was distributed to parents attending a dedicated scoliosis outpatient clinic with their children. Demographic data and details about use of the internet were collected. RESULTS: Fifty-eight percent of respondents had used the internet to search for information on scoliosis, and 94 % were interested in a local internet provided information provision. A positive history of corrective surgery and possession of health insurance were independent positive predictors of internet use. CONCLUSIONS: As surgeons we need to be aware of our patients' use of the internet, and there is the opportunity to use this medium to provide additional education.

authors

  • Baker, Joseph F
  • Devitt, Brian M
  • Lynch, Sam
  • Green, Connor J
  • Byrne, Damien P
  • Kiely, Patrick J

publication date

  • October 2012