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CASTRO PERAZA, M. Elisa De; GARZON RODRIGUEZ, Encarnación; SOSA ALVAREZ, M. Inmaculada  and  LORENZO ROCHA, Nieves. Bariatric surgery, colorectal surgery and the internet: (Un)informed patients?. Index Enferm [online]. 2009, vol.18, n.4, pp.239-242. ISSN 1699-5988.

Introduction: Internet use by patients seeking information increases. We evaluated a cohort of patients for bariatric surgery and another of colorectal. Aim: Knowing patterns of Internet use in colorectal and bariatric patients. Method: 60 questions to gather bariatric patients age, gender, educational level and patterns of Internet use compared with 61 patients of colorectum. Main results: Bariatric patients used the Internet to learn more, leading academics and women. Patients say that they found the information useful for understanding and decision making as suspect and even relate to any dangerous information found. Conclusions: The increased use of the Internet favors the surgical community to reach more patients but can be a source of misinformation, creating prospects wrong. A better understanding of the patient makes use of the Internet and found information that will improve care.

Keywords : Internet; Patient Education; Self Care; Disease Management; Bariatric Surgery; Colorectal Surgery.

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