Table 1

Summary of the main variables (n = 811).

N (%)


Gender

Male

373 (46%),

Female

438 (54,1%)


Perceived health

Very good

213 (26.3%)

Good

521 (64.4%)

Not so good-Bad/very bad

75 (9.3%)


General use of the Internet

No

97 (12%)

Yes

713 (88%)


Frequency of use of the Internet

Daily/A few times a week

410 (57.5%)

A few times a month

276 (38.7%)

A few times a year-Never

27 (3.8%)


Do you search for health information on the Internet?

No

359 (44.3%)

Yes

451 (55.7%)


Frequency of health information searches on the Internet

Daily/A few times a week

88 (19.4%)

A few times a month

249 (54.8%)

A few times a year - Never

117 (25.7%)


Do you think your QOL would improve if you had more health information?

No

63(7.8%)

Yes

580(72%)

Do not know

162(20.1%)


Problems when looking for health information on the Internet (choose one)

Do not know good sites

239 (54.8%)

Lack of search skills

101 (23.2%)

No Internet at home

24 (5.5%)

Not interested in the subject

15 (3.4%)

No confidence/no search/Other

57 (13.1%)


What sources do you use to find health information? (mark all)

Family and friends

456 (56.4%)

Magazines, newspapers

357 (44.2%)

Books/medical encyclopaedias

179 (22.2%)

Television

348 (43.1%)

Radio

29 (3.6%)

Internet

424 (52.5%)

Doctors, nurses

488 (60.4%)

Chemists

177 (21.9%)

None

54 (6.7%)


Why do you search health information on the Internet (choose one)

Easy

158 (36.9%)

Lots of information

93 (21.7%)

Fast information

63 (14.7%)

Confidential search

45 (10.5%)

See different opinions

34 (7.9%)

Free information

24 (5.6%)

Other

11 (2.6%)


Median (DS)


Age (in years)

17 (1.01)


Visits to the doctor during the previous year

2 (3.92)


JimĂ©nez-Pernett et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2010 10:6   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-10-6

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