A cross-sectional, multicenter study was carried out in 6 Italian cities (Cassino, Chieti, Naples, Rome, Siena, Turin) in order to highlight differences in Web use to find out health information and its related consequences on behavioral choices and to describe the distribution of the phenomenon in Italy. Data were collected from October 2009 to September 2010 on a sample of volunteers recruited from laboratory analysis, with face-to-face interview, including information about socio-demographic, health, and Web use to health. Data analysis shows that e-health use is greater in Northern Italy, in women aged 30-41 years, in chronic patients and those who have been caught up medical malpractice. Behavioral changes are associated with the Region; in particular Rome and Cassino show to choose/change professionals and facilities, engaging in alternative therapies and buy drugs online more frequently. Living in Southern Italy, a lower educational level and the infrequent drugs use are associated with a greater probability of incurring in negative behaviors. Positive results on the behavior are instead low and not significant. Given the regional differences, the potentiality and the risks of e-health use, it will be important to identify strategies for risks containment and implementation of the web in prevention.

Role of the Web on behaviors and health choices in six Italian cities: results of a multicenter study

MANZOLI, Lamberto;
2011

Abstract

A cross-sectional, multicenter study was carried out in 6 Italian cities (Cassino, Chieti, Naples, Rome, Siena, Turin) in order to highlight differences in Web use to find out health information and its related consequences on behavioral choices and to describe the distribution of the phenomenon in Italy. Data were collected from October 2009 to September 2010 on a sample of volunteers recruited from laboratory analysis, with face-to-face interview, including information about socio-demographic, health, and Web use to health. Data analysis shows that e-health use is greater in Northern Italy, in women aged 30-41 years, in chronic patients and those who have been caught up medical malpractice. Behavioral changes are associated with the Region; in particular Rome and Cassino show to choose/change professionals and facilities, engaging in alternative therapies and buy drugs online more frequently. Living in Southern Italy, a lower educational level and the infrequent drugs use are associated with a greater probability of incurring in negative behaviors. Positive results on the behavior are instead low and not significant. Given the regional differences, the potentiality and the risks of e-health use, it will be important to identify strategies for risks containment and implementation of the web in prevention.
Lovato, E; Bert, F; Bruno, S; Ceruti, M; De Vito, E; La Torre, G; Liguori, G; Manzoli, Lamberto; Messina, G; Minniti, D; Siliquini, R; Langiano, E; Costanzi, L; Di Giovanni, P; Di Onofrio, V; Gallé, F; de Waure, C; Specchia, Ml; D'Addario, M; Di Thiene, D; Nante, N; Bianco, M.
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