Health-related and cancer-related Internet use by patients treated with total laryngectomy

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Objectives: To investigate among patients treated with a total laryngectomy (TL) (1) Internet-use and Internet use to search for information on health and cancer (content); (2) which patients are most likely to use the Internet in general, for health-related and cancer-related purposes; (3) which other types of eHealth (community, communication, care) are used; and (4) preferences towards future use. Methods: Patient members of the Dutch TL patient society were asked to complete a questionnaire on Internet use, health-related and cancer-related Internet use, types of eHealth, preferences towards future use, socio-demographics, clinical factors, and quality of life (QOL). Factors associated with Internet use and health-related and cancer-related Internet use were investigated using stepwise logistic regression analysis. Results: In total, 279 TL patients participated, of whom 68% used the Internet. Of these, 63% used the Internet to search for information on health and 49% on cancer. Younger and higher educated TL patients and those with better QOL used the Internet more often. Patients with worse QOL searched more often for health-related information. Younger patients and those with shorter time since TL searched more often for cancer-related information. The current use of eHealth for communication, community, and care purposes among Internet users was limited (range, 2 to 15%). Many were interested in using these types of eHealth in the future (range, 21 to 72%). Conclusion: The majority used the Internet, especially to search for information on health and cancer, but only few for communication, community, or care purposes. Many were interested in future use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-140
Number of pages10
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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