Use of a custom website by orthopaedic sports medicine surgical patients: If you build it, will they come?
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AuthorMeredith, Sean J
Matuszewski, Paul E
Smuda, Michael P
Packer, Jonathan D
Henn, R Frank
Journal titleJournal of clinical orthopaedics and trauma
Publication IssueSuppl 3
Publication Begin pageS383
Publication End pageS388
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AbstractBackground: Internet use is nearly ubiquitous, and orthopaedic patients are increasingly utilizing the Internet for medical information. The quality of resources available to patients is variable, and patients may benefit from physician guidance. A recent study showed only 11% of orthopaedic trauma patients accessed a custom-designed website developed by a physician. The purpose of this study was to determine whether orthopaedic sports medicine patients would use a custom-designed website and what factors would be associated with website use. Methods: A prospective study was conducted of patients undergoing eight common orthopaedic sports medicine procedures from April 2017 to December 2017.108 patients were enrolled and provided access to the website that allowed tracking of each patient's website use. The sports medicine cohort was compared to a previously published trauma cohort using the same methodology in a similar population at the same institution. The custom-designed website was replicated from the previous trauma study, but with the patient information now focused on sports medicine conditions and procedures. Patients' access to the website, tracking of website use, data collection, and analysis was identical to the previous trauma cohort. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed to determine which patient factors were associated with website use. Results: 33 orthopaedic sports medicine patients (31%) accessed the website, and of those, 96% found the website helpful or very helpful. Orthopaedic sports medicine patients were nearly 3 times more likely to use the designated website than orthopaedic trauma patients (31% vs. 11%; p = 0.0004). Higher education predicted website use (p = 0.006). Age, gender, race, employment status, and household income were not predictive of use (p = 0.49, 0.27, 0.23, 0.15, 0.58; respectively). Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction was associated with website use as compared to meniscus and cartilage surgery (42% vs. 20%; p = 0.037). Nominal logistic regression analysis confirmed higher level of education (p = 0.00001) and ACL reconstruction (p = 0.0005) independently predicted website use. Conclusion: Orthopaedic sports medicine surgical patients are more likely to use a custom-designed informational website than orthopaedic trauma patients. However, only 31% of sports medicine patients accessed the website. Inherent differences between groups may account for the differences in website use. Higher level of education is predictive of website use, as is ACL reconstruction for knee surgery patients. Physicians should work to direct patients to high quality Internet resources given the vast amount of potentially unreliable information available.
CitationMeredith SJ, Matuszewski PE, Smuda MP, Taskoy E, Koenig S, Nadarajah V, Packer JD, Henn RF 3rd. Use of a custom website by orthopaedic sports medicine surgical patients: If you build it, will they come? J Clin Orthop Trauma. 2020 May;11(Suppl 3):S383-S388. doi: 10.1016/j.jcot.2020.04.005. Epub 2020 Apr 13. PMID: 32523298; PMCID: PMC7275272.
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