Online information seeking by patients with bipolar disorder: results from an international multisite survey

Jörn Conell, Rita Bauer, Tasha Glenn, Martin Alda, Raffaella Ardau, Bernhard T Baune, Michael Berk, Yuly Bersudsky, Amy Bilderbeck, Alberto Bocchetta, Letizia Bossini, Angela Marianne Paredes Castro, Eric Yat Wo Cheung, Caterina Chillotti, Sabine Choppin, Maria Del Zompo, Rodrigo Dias, Seetal Dodd, Anne Duffy, Bruno EtainAndrea Fagiolini, Julie Garnham, John Geddes, Jonas Gildebro, Ana Gonzalez-Pinto, Guy M Goodwin, Paul Grof, Hirohiko Harima, Stefanie Hassel, Chantal Henry, Diego Hidalgo-Mazzei, Vaisnvy Kapur, Girish Kunigiri, Beny Lafer, Chun Lam, Erik Roj Larsen, Ute Lewitzka, Rasmus Licht, Anne Hvenegaard Lund, Blazej Misiak, Patryk Piotrowski, Scott Monteith, Rodrigo Munoz, Takako Nakanotani, René E Nielsen, Claire O'Donovan, Yasushi Okamura, Yamima Osher, Andreas Reif, Philipp Ritter, Janusz K Rybakowski, Kemal Sagduyu, Brett Sawchuk, Elon Schwartz, Ângela Miranda Scippa, Claire Slaney, Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman, Kirsi Suominen, Aleksandra Suwalska, Peter Tam, Yoshitaka Tatebayashi, Leonardo Tondo, Eduard Vieta, Maj Vinberg, Biju Viswanath, Julia Volkert, Mark Zetin, Iñaki Zorrilla, Peter C Whybrow, Michael Bauer

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BACKGROUND: Information seeking is an important coping mechanism for dealing with chronic illness. Despite a growing number of mental health websites, there is little understanding of how patients with bipolar disorder use the Internet to seek information.

METHODS: A 39 question, paper-based, anonymous survey, translated into 12 languages, was completed by 1222 patients in 17 countries as a convenience sample between March 2014 and January 2016. All patients had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder from a psychiatrist. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and generalized estimating equations to account for correlated data.

RESULTS: 976 (81 % of 1212 valid responses) of the patients used the Internet, and of these 750 (77 %) looked for information on bipolar disorder. When looking online for information, 89 % used a computer rather than a smartphone, and 79 % started with a general search engine. The primary reasons for searching were drug side effects (51 %), to learn anonymously (43 %), and for help coping (39 %). About 1/3 rated their search skills as expert, and 2/3 as basic or intermediate. 59 % preferred a website on mental illness and 33 % preferred Wikipedia. Only 20 % read or participated in online support groups. Most patients (62 %) searched a couple times a year. Online information seeking helped about 2/3 to cope (41 % of the entire sample). About 2/3 did not discuss Internet findings with their doctor.

CONCLUSION: Online information seeking helps many patients to cope although alternative information sources remain important. Most patients do not discuss Internet findings with their doctor, and concern remains about the quality of online information especially related to prescription drugs. Patients may not rate search skills accurately, and may not understand limitations of online privacy. More patient education about online information searching is needed and physicians should recommend a few high quality websites.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Bipolar Disorders
Vol/bind4
Udgave nummer17
Antal sider14
ISSN2194-7511
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2016
Udgivet eksterntJa

Fingeraftryk

Internet
Search Engine
Surveys and Questionnaires
Privacy
Self-Help Groups
Patient Education
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Mental Health
Language
Physicians

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Conell, Jörn ; Bauer, Rita ; Glenn, Tasha ; Alda, Martin ; Ardau, Raffaella ; Baune, Bernhard T ; Berk, Michael ; Bersudsky, Yuly ; Bilderbeck, Amy ; Bocchetta, Alberto ; Bossini, Letizia ; Paredes Castro, Angela Marianne ; Cheung, Eric Yat Wo ; Chillotti, Caterina ; Choppin, Sabine ; Del Zompo, Maria ; Dias, Rodrigo ; Dodd, Seetal ; Duffy, Anne ; Etain, Bruno ; Fagiolini, Andrea ; Garnham, Julie ; Geddes, John ; Gildebro, Jonas ; Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana ; Goodwin, Guy M ; Grof, Paul ; Harima, Hirohiko ; Hassel, Stefanie ; Henry, Chantal ; Hidalgo-Mazzei, Diego ; Kapur, Vaisnvy ; Kunigiri, Girish ; Lafer, Beny ; Lam, Chun ; Larsen, Erik Roj ; Lewitzka, Ute ; Licht, Rasmus ; Lund, Anne Hvenegaard ; Misiak, Blazej ; Piotrowski, Patryk ; Monteith, Scott ; Munoz, Rodrigo ; Nakanotani, Takako ; Nielsen, René E ; O'Donovan, Claire ; Okamura, Yasushi ; Osher, Yamima ; Reif, Andreas ; Ritter, Philipp ; Rybakowski, Janusz K ; Sagduyu, Kemal ; Sawchuk, Brett ; Schwartz, Elon ; Scippa, Ângela Miranda ; Slaney, Claire ; Sulaiman, Ahmad Hatim ; Suominen, Kirsi ; Suwalska, Aleksandra ; Tam, Peter ; Tatebayashi, Yoshitaka ; Tondo, Leonardo ; Vieta, Eduard ; Vinberg, Maj ; Viswanath, Biju ; Volkert, Julia ; Zetin, Mark ; Zorrilla, Iñaki ; Whybrow, Peter C ; Bauer, Michael. / Online information seeking by patients with bipolar disorder : results from an international multisite survey. I: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders. 2016 ; Bind 4, Nr. 17.
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Online information seeking by patients with bipolar disorder : results from an international multisite survey. / Conell, Jörn; Bauer, Rita; Glenn, Tasha; Alda, Martin; Ardau, Raffaella; Baune, Bernhard T; Berk, Michael; Bersudsky, Yuly; Bilderbeck, Amy; Bocchetta, Alberto; Bossini, Letizia; Paredes Castro, Angela Marianne; Cheung, Eric Yat Wo; Chillotti, Caterina; Choppin, Sabine; Del Zompo, Maria; Dias, Rodrigo; Dodd, Seetal; Duffy, Anne; Etain, Bruno; Fagiolini, Andrea; Garnham, Julie; Geddes, John; Gildebro, Jonas; Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana; Goodwin, Guy M; Grof, Paul; Harima, Hirohiko; Hassel, Stefanie; Henry, Chantal; Hidalgo-Mazzei, Diego; Kapur, Vaisnvy; Kunigiri, Girish; Lafer, Beny; Lam, Chun; Larsen, Erik Roj; Lewitzka, Ute; Licht, Rasmus; Lund, Anne Hvenegaard; Misiak, Blazej; Piotrowski, Patryk; Monteith, Scott; Munoz, Rodrigo; Nakanotani, Takako; Nielsen, René E; O'Donovan, Claire; Okamura, Yasushi; Osher, Yamima; Reif, Andreas; Ritter, Philipp; Rybakowski, Janusz K; Sagduyu, Kemal; Sawchuk, Brett; Schwartz, Elon; Scippa, Ângela Miranda; Slaney, Claire; Sulaiman, Ahmad Hatim; Suominen, Kirsi; Suwalska, Aleksandra; Tam, Peter; Tatebayashi, Yoshitaka; Tondo, Leonardo; Vieta, Eduard; Vinberg, Maj; Viswanath, Biju; Volkert, Julia; Zetin, Mark; Zorrilla, Iñaki; Whybrow, Peter C; Bauer, Michael.

I: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, Bind 4, Nr. 17, 2016.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Online information seeking by patients with bipolar disorder

T2 - results from an international multisite survey

AU - Conell, Jörn

AU - Bauer, Rita

AU - Glenn, Tasha

AU - Alda, Martin

AU - Ardau, Raffaella

AU - Baune, Bernhard T

AU - Berk, Michael

AU - Bersudsky, Yuly

AU - Bilderbeck, Amy

AU - Bocchetta, Alberto

AU - Bossini, Letizia

AU - Paredes Castro, Angela Marianne

AU - Cheung, Eric Yat Wo

AU - Chillotti, Caterina

AU - Choppin, Sabine

AU - Del Zompo, Maria

AU - Dias, Rodrigo

AU - Dodd, Seetal

AU - Duffy, Anne

AU - Etain, Bruno

AU - Fagiolini, Andrea

AU - Garnham, Julie

AU - Geddes, John

AU - Gildebro, Jonas

AU - Gonzalez-Pinto, Ana

AU - Goodwin, Guy M

AU - Grof, Paul

AU - Harima, Hirohiko

AU - Hassel, Stefanie

AU - Henry, Chantal

AU - Hidalgo-Mazzei, Diego

AU - Kapur, Vaisnvy

AU - Kunigiri, Girish

AU - Lafer, Beny

AU - Lam, Chun

AU - Larsen, Erik Roj

AU - Lewitzka, Ute

AU - Licht, Rasmus

AU - Lund, Anne Hvenegaard

AU - Misiak, Blazej

AU - Piotrowski, Patryk

AU - Monteith, Scott

AU - Munoz, Rodrigo

AU - Nakanotani, Takako

AU - Nielsen, René E

AU - O'Donovan, Claire

AU - Okamura, Yasushi

AU - Osher, Yamima

AU - Reif, Andreas

AU - Ritter, Philipp

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AU - Slaney, Claire

AU - Sulaiman, Ahmad Hatim

AU - Suominen, Kirsi

AU - Suwalska, Aleksandra

AU - Tam, Peter

AU - Tatebayashi, Yoshitaka

AU - Tondo, Leonardo

AU - Vieta, Eduard

AU - Vinberg, Maj

AU - Viswanath, Biju

AU - Volkert, Julia

AU - Zetin, Mark

AU - Zorrilla, Iñaki

AU - Whybrow, Peter C

AU - Bauer, Michael

PY - 2016

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N2 - BACKGROUND: Information seeking is an important coping mechanism for dealing with chronic illness. Despite a growing number of mental health websites, there is little understanding of how patients with bipolar disorder use the Internet to seek information.METHODS: A 39 question, paper-based, anonymous survey, translated into 12 languages, was completed by 1222 patients in 17 countries as a convenience sample between March 2014 and January 2016. All patients had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder from a psychiatrist. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and generalized estimating equations to account for correlated data.RESULTS: 976 (81 % of 1212 valid responses) of the patients used the Internet, and of these 750 (77 %) looked for information on bipolar disorder. When looking online for information, 89 % used a computer rather than a smartphone, and 79 % started with a general search engine. The primary reasons for searching were drug side effects (51 %), to learn anonymously (43 %), and for help coping (39 %). About 1/3 rated their search skills as expert, and 2/3 as basic or intermediate. 59 % preferred a website on mental illness and 33 % preferred Wikipedia. Only 20 % read or participated in online support groups. Most patients (62 %) searched a couple times a year. Online information seeking helped about 2/3 to cope (41 % of the entire sample). About 2/3 did not discuss Internet findings with their doctor.CONCLUSION: Online information seeking helps many patients to cope although alternative information sources remain important. Most patients do not discuss Internet findings with their doctor, and concern remains about the quality of online information especially related to prescription drugs. Patients may not rate search skills accurately, and may not understand limitations of online privacy. More patient education about online information searching is needed and physicians should recommend a few high quality websites.

AB - BACKGROUND: Information seeking is an important coping mechanism for dealing with chronic illness. Despite a growing number of mental health websites, there is little understanding of how patients with bipolar disorder use the Internet to seek information.METHODS: A 39 question, paper-based, anonymous survey, translated into 12 languages, was completed by 1222 patients in 17 countries as a convenience sample between March 2014 and January 2016. All patients had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder from a psychiatrist. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and generalized estimating equations to account for correlated data.RESULTS: 976 (81 % of 1212 valid responses) of the patients used the Internet, and of these 750 (77 %) looked for information on bipolar disorder. When looking online for information, 89 % used a computer rather than a smartphone, and 79 % started with a general search engine. The primary reasons for searching were drug side effects (51 %), to learn anonymously (43 %), and for help coping (39 %). About 1/3 rated their search skills as expert, and 2/3 as basic or intermediate. 59 % preferred a website on mental illness and 33 % preferred Wikipedia. Only 20 % read or participated in online support groups. Most patients (62 %) searched a couple times a year. Online information seeking helped about 2/3 to cope (41 % of the entire sample). About 2/3 did not discuss Internet findings with their doctor.CONCLUSION: Online information seeking helps many patients to cope although alternative information sources remain important. Most patients do not discuss Internet findings with their doctor, and concern remains about the quality of online information especially related to prescription drugs. Patients may not rate search skills accurately, and may not understand limitations of online privacy. More patient education about online information searching is needed and physicians should recommend a few high quality websites.

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