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Analysis of an Internet Community about Pneumothorax and the Importance of Accurate Information about the Disease.

Authors
 Bong Jun Kim  ;  Sungsoo Lee 
Citation
 Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Vol.51(2) : 85-91, 2018 
Journal Title
 Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 
ISSN
 2233-601X 
Issue Date
2018
Keywords
Database ; Pneumothorax ; Statistics
Abstract
Background: The huge improvements in the speed of data transmission and the increasing amount of data available as the Internet has expanded have made it easy to obtain information about any disease. Since pneumothorax frequently occurs in young adolescents, patients often search the Internet for information on pneumothorax. Methods: This study analyzed an Internet community for exchanging information on pneumothorax, with an emphasis on the importance of accurate information and doctors' role in providing such information. Results: This study assessed 599,178 visitors to the Internet community from June 2008 to April 2017. There was an average of 190 visitors, 2.2 posts, and 4.5 replies per day. A total of 6,513 posts were made, and 63.3% of them included questions about the disease. The visitors mostly searched for terms such as 'pneumothorax,' 'recurrent pneumothorax,' 'pneumothorax operation,' and 'obtaining a medical certification of having been diagnosed with pneumothorax.' However, 22% of the pneumothorax-related posts by visitors contained inaccurate information. Conclusion: Internet communities can be an important source of information. However, incorrect information about a disease can be harmful for patients. We, as doctors, should try to provide more in-depth information about diseases to patients and to disseminate accurate information about diseases in Internet communities.
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DOI
10.5090/kjtcs.2018.51.2.85
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (흉부외과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Bong Joon(김봉준)
Lee, Sung Soo(이성수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8998-9510
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/165526
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