Internet use among inflammatory bowel disease patients: An Italian multicenter survey

Erika Angelucci, Ambrogio Orlando, Sandro Ardizzone, Luisa Guidi, Dario Sorrentino, Walter Fries, Marco Astegiano, Orsola Sociale, Monica Cesarini, Sara Renna, Andrea Cassinotti, Manuela Marzo, Anna Quaglia, Maria Donata Sergi, Daniele Simondi, Piero Vernia, Alberto Malesci, Silvio Danese

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BACKGROUND: The internet has been increasingly used as a resource for accessing health-related information. A recent US survey found that approximately half of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients in an IBD clinic use the internet to gather IBD-specific information. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of the internet among Italian IBD patients. METHODS: The study was performed in seven Italian IBD referral centers by using a 28-item anonymous questionnaire. RESULTS: In all, 495 questionnaires were returned for analysis, in which 305 of 495 patients (61.6%) indicated that they are able to access the internet. A large proportion used the internet to gather health-related information (180 of 305, 59.1%) and IBD-related information (226 of 305, 74.2%). The use of the internet increased significantly with level of education (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1036-1041
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


  • Compliance
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Internet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology


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