Use of computers and the Internet for health information by patients with epilepsy

Cam Escoffery, Colleen DiIorio, Katherine A. Yeager, Frances McCarty, Elise Robinson, Elizabeth Reisinger, Thomas Henry, Archana Koganti

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The purpose of this study was to describe computer and Internet use among an online group and a clinic-based group of people with epilepsy. Greater than 95% of the online group and 60% of the clinic group have access to computers and the Internet. More than 99% of the online group and 57% of the clinic group used the Internet to find health information. A majority of people reported being likely to employ an Internet-based self-management program to control their epilepsy. About 43% reported searching for general information on epilepsy, 30% for medication, 23% for specific types of epilepsy, and 20% for treatment. This study found that people with epilepsy have access to computers and the Internet, desire epilepsy-specific information, and are receptive to online health information on how to manage their epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-114
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008

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Funding Information:
This study is supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through Cooperative Agreement U48 DP000043, Special Interest Project 2-05. We appreciate the support of the CDC Prevention Research Centers Program Office. We thank the Epilepsy Therapy Development Project for their assistance in recruiting participants from


  • Computer literacy
  • Computers
  • Epilepsy
  • Health information
  • Internet
  • Patient information
  • Self care
  • Web


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