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Attitudes of Iranian patients with skin problems towards using the Internet as a medical resource

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Abstract Background 

Internet use has grown rapidly in Iran, but there is no information about how Iranian Internet users gather medical information through this medium. Objective 

To study the use of the Internet as a medical resource by Iranian patients with chronic dermatologic problems. Methods 

We carried out a structured interview of all patients 20–40¬†years of age attending a private dermatology clinic between July and September 2003 for chronic skin disease. Results 

Of the 205 patients enrolled in the study, 104 (50.8%) had computer access and 74 (36.1% of the total) had Internet access. Nine patients (4.4%) had performed a search on the Internet for their skin condition, but only one had used an academic website. Conclusion 

Despite the significant growth in Internet use in Iran, it appears that the Internet is not a significant medical resource for patients in Iran.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 May 2006

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