Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 79, Issue 4, pp 301–309 | Cite as

Internet Use by Patients with Psychiatric Disorders in Search for General and Medical Informations

  • Yasser Khazaal
  • Anne Chatton
  • Sophie Cochand
  • Aliosca Hoch
  • Mona B. Khankarli
  • Riaz Khan
  • Daniele Fabio Zullino
Original Paper

Abstract

Background Internet is commonly used by the general population, notably for health information-seeking. There has been little research into its use by patients treated for a psychiatric disorder. Aim To evaluate the use of internet by patients with psychiatric disorders in searching for general and medical information. Methods In 2007, 319 patients followed in a university hospital psychiatric out-patient clinic, completed a 28-items self-administered questionnaire. Results Two hundred patients surveyed were internet users. Most of them (68.5%) used internet in order to find health-related information. Only a small part of the patients knew and used criteria reflecting the quality of contents of the websites consulted. Knowledge of English and private Internet access were the factors significantly associated with the search of information on health on Internet. Conclusions Internet is currently used by patients treated for psychiatric disorders, especially for medical seeking information.

Keywords

Internet Information services Service users Psychiatric disorders 

Notes

Acknowledgements

To the patients who participated in the study and their healthcare providers. To Dr. Jean Gabriel Jeannot for his support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasser Khazaal
    • 1
  • Anne Chatton
    • 1
  • Sophie Cochand
    • 1
  • Aliosca Hoch
    • 1
  • Mona B. Khankarli
    • 2
  • Riaz Khan
    • 1
  • Daniele Fabio Zullino
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Substance AbuseGeneva University HospitalsGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.University HospitalsLausanneSwitzerland

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