Is internet search better than structured instruction for web-based health education?

Joseph Finkelstein, McKenzie Bedra

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Abstract

Internet provides access to vast amounts of comprehensive information regarding any health-related subject. Patients increasingly use this information for health education using a search engine to identify education materials. An alternative approach of health education via Internet is based on utilizing a verified web site which provides structured interactive education guided by adult learning theories. Comparison of these two approaches in older patients was not performed systematically. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of a web-based computer-assisted education (CO-ED) system versus searching the Internet for learning about hypertension. Sixty hypertensive older adults (age 45+) were randomized into control or intervention groups. The control patients spent 30 to 40 minutes searching the Internet using a search engine for information about hypertension. The intervention patients spent 30 to 40 minutes using the CO-ED system, which provided computer-assisted instruction about major hypertension topics. Analysis of pre- and post- knowledge scores indicated a significant improvement among CO-ED users (14.6%) as opposed to Internet users (2%). Additionally, patients using the CO-ED program rated their learning experience more positively than those using the Internet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare
PublisherIOS Press
Pages65-67
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781614992752
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
EventInternational Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2013 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Jul 5 2013Jul 7 2013

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume190
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2013
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period7/5/137/7/13

Keywords

  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • health education
  • internet search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Finkelstein, J., & Bedra, M. (2013). Is internet search better than structured instruction for web-based health education? In Informatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare (pp. 65-67). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 190). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-276-9-65