Health-related information gathering practices in breast and colorectal specialty clinics: the end of the electronic divide?

E. Dawn Wietfeldt, Imran Hassan, Angela Johnson, Catherine Veeder, Maggie Boehler, Gary L. Dunnington, Jan Rakinic

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Scopus citations


Background: Health-related information can help patients understand their disease process and make informed decisions. We hypothesize that with the increased availability of Web-based resources, sociodemographic factors no longer impact Internet use among patients. Methods: Study-specific surveys were administered to a convenience cohort of patients seen in the breast and colorectal specialty clinics at a single academic institution between August 2008 and February 2009. Results: One hundred ninety-four surveys were returned (response rate 80%). Median age was 53 years (range 19-88) with 131 (75%) females. Twenty-six percent of patients were college graduates and 59% reported an annual income greater than $50,000. There was no association between Internet use and age, gender, income, or educational level. Conclusion: Web-based information is being increasingly used by patients irrespective of their demographic characteristics. These resources can therefore be used to educate patients about their disease, treatment options, and health maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-368
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010



  • Health related information
  • Internet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

Cite this