Web Search Behavior and Information Needs of People With Multiple Sclerosis: Focus Group Study and Analysis of Online Postings
by Cinzia Colombo, Paola Mosconi, Paolo Confalonieri, Isabella Baroni, Silvia Traversa, Sophie J Hill, Anneliese J Synnot, Nadia Oprandi, Graziella Filippini
(Published on 24 Jul 2014)
Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and their family members increasingly seek health information on the Internet. There has been little exploration of how MS patients integrate health information with their needs, preferences, and values for decision making. The INtegrating and Deriving Evidence, Experiences, and Preferences (IN-DEEP) project is a collaboration between Italian and Australian researchers and MS patients, aimed to make high-quality evidence accessible and meaningful to MS patients and families, developing a Web-based resource of evidence-based information starting from their information needs. Objective: The objective of this study was to analyze MS patients and their family members’ experience about the Web-based health information, to evaluate how they...
The Impact of Different Surgical Modalities for Hysterectomy on Satisfaction and Patient Reported Outcomes
by Michael C Pitter, Christopher Simmonds, Usha Seshadri-Kreaden, Helen B Hubert
(Published on 17 Jul 2014)
Background: There is an ongoing debate regarding the cost-benefit of different surgical modalities for hysterectomy. Studies have relied primarily on evaluation of clinical outcomes and medical expenses. Thus, a paucity of information on patient-reported outcomes including satisfaction, recovery, and recommendations exists. Objective: The objective of this study was to identify differences in patient satisfaction and recommendations by approach to a hysterectomy. Methods: We recruited a large, geographically diverse group of women who were members of an online hysterectomy support community. US women who had undergone a benign hysterectomy formed this retrospective study cohort. Self-reported characteristics and experiences were compared by surgical modality using chi-square tests....
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