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Table 2 Summary of responses from the patients who used the Internet to find information on bipolar disorder (N = 750)

From: Online information seeking by patients with bipolar disorder: results from an international multisite survey

Question number Questiona Valid responses N Variable Mean percentb (%) SDc
21d How do you access the Internet? 607 From a computer 89 0.1221
607 From a smartphone or tablet 11 0.1221
22 How do you rate your Internet search skills? 746 Basic or intermediate 69 0.1288
746 Expert 31 0.1288
23 How do you start looking for information about bipolar disorder? 623 General search engine 79 0.0816
623 Medical search engine 6 0.0478
623 Specific site on mental illness 10 0.0640
623 Other 6 0.0475
24 Do you find what you are looking for? 733 Always 16 0.1094
733 Most of the time 57 0.1277
733 About half the time 19 0.0847
733 Less than half the time 8 0.0865
733 Never 0.3 0.0073
25 Do you look for these topics relating to bipolar disorder?e 742 Prescription drug information 73 0.1363
742 Symptoms 83 0.1173
742 General course of illness 58 0.1268
742 Coping strategies 52 0.1774
26 Do you look for these topics relating to getting treatment for bipolar disorder?e 542 Clinic hours, location and directions 52 0.2079
542 Physician or therapist credentials 31 0.1633
542 Physician or therapist ratings 24 0.1711
27 How frequently do you search for information about bipolar disorder?e 738 Monthly or more 38 0.1620
738 Couple of times a year 62 0.1620
28 Why do you search for information about bipolar disorder on the Internet?e 735 To learn anonymously 43 0.1600
735 Side effects from prescription drugs 51 0.1184
735 Need help coping with the illness 39 0.1706
29 What are your favorite sources of information about bipolar disorder?e 727 Specific sites on mental health or bipolar disorder 59 0.1744
727 Online encyclopedia such as Wikipedia 33 0.0843
727 Government sponsored sites 21 0.2168
30 Do you discuss online information about bipolar disorder with your doctor? 737 Sometimes or frequently 33 0.1178
737 Rarely 67 0.1178
31 Does the online information help you cope with bipolar disorder? 733 Sometimes for frequently 67 0.1477
733 Rarely 33 0.1477
32 Do you attempt to verify online information? 735 Yes 66 0.1158
33 How do you attempt to verify online information?e,f 428 Discuss with doctor 62 0.1633
428 Discuss with family and friends 37 0.1536
428 Compare information on multiple sites 56 0.1620
34 How concerned are you about privacy and confidentiality? 723 Moderately or very concerned 32 0.1788
723 Slightly concerned 68 0.1788
35 Do you participate in patient support groups? 746 Yes 20 0.0883
  1. aSee survey for details and exact wording
  2. bOverall mean of country means
  3. cStandard deviation of country means
  4. dSurvey questions 1–16 on demographics; questions 17-20 analyzed previously (Bauer et al. 2016)
  5. eMore than one response allowed
  6. fOnly completed by those who attempt to verify information (N = 485)