Using technology to positively influence dietary knowledge in colorectal clinic patients.

Dyer, K J, Buckner, Kathy, Richardson, R A and Fearon, K C H (2004) Using technology to positively influence dietary knowledge in colorectal clinic patients. In: Current perspectives in healthcare computing; Health Informatics Committee of the British Computer Society, 22-24 March 2004, Harrogate.

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Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem that is strongly associated
with poor diet. The acceptability and effectiveness of a nutrition education website
was investigated in those attending cancer-screening clinics. Sixteen subjects
were interviewed using a standardised, validated questionnaire. Results
demonstrated that the website was acceptable to those attending colorectal clinics,
although six (38%) considered the content too basic. A quarter (n=4, 25%) was
aged over 65 years and three (19%) used the Internet via a third party. Most of
the cohort (n=10, 63%) used the Internet to look for health information and utilised
the search engine to find relevant sites. Nutrition knowledge scores appeared to
improve significantly after using the website (p<0.001), when compared to the
baseline group and those who had used an information leaflet. Further work is
needed to confirm whether the Internet could be an effective tool for nutrition education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Print ISSN: 0 9546971 0 3
Uncontrolled Keywords: colorectal cancer; nutrition; website;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 613 Personal health & safety
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 000 Computer science, information & general works
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Item ID: 2169
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 02 May 2008 09:56
Last Modified: 16 May 2011 15:26

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