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rheumatoid arthritis

Improving healthcare consumer effectiveness: An Animated, Self-serve, Web-based Research Tool (ANSWER) for people with early rheumatoid arthritis

Li, Linda C. et al, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 9(1)

Background
People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) should use DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) within the first three months of symptoms in order to prevent irreversible joint damage. However, recent studies report the delay in DMARD use ranges from 6.5 months to 11.5 months in Canada. While most health service delivery interventions are designed to improve the family physician’s ability to refer to a rheumatologist and prescribe treatments, relatively little has been done to improve the delivery of credible, relevant, and user-friendly information for individuals to make treatment decisions. To address this care gap, the Animated, Self-serve, Web-based Research Tool (ANSWER) will be developed and evaluated to assist people in making decisions about the use of methotrexate, a type of DMARD. The objectives of this project are: 1) to develop ANSWER for people with early RA; and 2) to assess the extent to which ANSWER reduces people’s decisional conflict about the use of methotrexate, improves their knowledge about RA, and improves their skills of being ‘effective healthcare consumers’.
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Health-related Internet use by patients with somatic diseases: Frequency of use and characteristics of users va

van Uden-Kraan, Cornelia F. et al, Informatics for Health and Social Care, 34(1)

The aim of this study was to explore the percentage of Dutch patients using the Internet to search for information about their illness. In addition, we studied patients’ usage of health-related Internet applications, such as online patient support groups. The final objective of this study was to explore which demographic, health and psychological characteristics are related to patients’ health-related Internet use.
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Self-Reported Differences in Empowerment Between Lurkers and Posters in Online Patient Support Groups

van Uden-Kraan, Cornelia F. et al, J Med Internet Res, 10(2)

Background:
Patients who visit online support groups benefit in various ways. Results of our earlier study indicated that participation in online support groups had a profound effect on the participants’ feelings of “being empowered.” However, most studies of online patient support groups have focused on the members of these groups who actively contribute by sending postings (posters). Thus far, little is known about the impact for “lurkers” (ie, those who do not actively participate by sending postings).
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