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Aim: To ascertain how urological patients utilize the Internet to research their condition and to evaluate urological website to ascertain the caliber of the material provided.
Methods:146 individuals at a bladder cancer outpatient setting and 192 individuals at a general urological outpatient clinic both meet present and future needs regarding their use of the Internet. Prostate cancer and testicular cancer were chosen as the two urological themes for the Internet review, and 52 websites identified by the search engine were examined. Composition, availability of information, referrals, and information ratings were recorded for each website.
Results: Internet use was reported by 21% of patients in the general urological outpatient sample and 26% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were currently pursuing additional health information. The majority of websites (63 percent) were either academic or biomedical, presented standard content (96 percent), and lacked references (72 percent). The informational score (range 11–101) for prostate cancer were 51.8 and for testicular cancer was 45.4; the difference in scores was not statistically meaningful.
Conclusion: The percentage of patients using the Internet to learn more about their health is rising, with more than 21% of urology customers doing so. The majority of urological-related websites on the Internet offer reliable and traditional material. It is important for urologists to become familiar with urological websites. Consequently, people can be guided to reputable websites so they can enlighten themself and avoid deceptive or unusual websites.