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Patients With Epilepsy Have an Internet Disadvantage That May Impede Self-Management

Data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey


 

Persons with epilepsy are less likely to use the Internet compared with the general public. The recent CDC study that arrived at that conclusion suggested that this disparity may put patients with epilepsy at a disadvantage because it limits their access to online tools that can optimize their self-care and improve their quality of life. The study was based on data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, which confirmed that the disparity existed in all three age groups analyzed: 18-44 years, 45-59 years, 60 years and older.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epilepsy Program. Internet use and looking up information online in adults with epilepsy varies by epilepsy status — 2013 National Health Interview Survey. Epilepsy Behav. 2016;54:47-49.

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