Health and social correlates of internet use for diabetes information: findings from Australia’s Living with Diabetes Study

Lui, Chi-Wai, Coll, Joseph R., Donald, Maria, Dower, Jo and Boyle, Frances M. (2014) Health and social correlates of internet use for diabetes information: findings from Australia’s Living with Diabetes Study. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 21 3: 327-333. doi:10.1071/PY14021


Author Lui, Chi-Wai
Coll, Joseph R.
Donald, Maria
Dower, Jo
Boyle, Frances M.
Title Health and social correlates of internet use for diabetes information: findings from Australia’s Living with Diabetes Study
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Publication date 2014-07-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY14021
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 327
End page 333
Total pages 7
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This study investigated the relationship between online information seeking and a broad range of health and social characteristics among a large sample of Australian adults with type 2 diabetes. One in four participants used the Internet for diabetes-related purposes and Internet searching was associated with high patient activation, poor metabolic control, signs of peripheral nerve damage, a recent diagnosis of diabetes and poorer patient-assessed coordination of care. No relationship was found between Internet use and treatment complexity and the presence of comorbid conditions. The findings underline the importance of providing better online health resources and support to diabetes patients, and of targeting potential intervention points where services and information may be particularly beneficial.
Keyword Disease management
Information technology
Patient activation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 10 July 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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