Publication
Title
People seeking health information about human papillomavirus via the internet have a very high level of anxiety
Author
Abstract
A website with evidence-based information on human papillomavirus (HPV) has been developed at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Visitors were asked to fill in a web-based form, including the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), to obtain information on their profile. During the study period, 232 of 3638 (6.4%) visitors filled in the form. In our study, people looking for HPV information on the internet showed high anxiety levels. Three determinants contributed to the STAI score: a previous HPV-test, young age, and not feeling reassured by the websites content. It is warranted that physicians counsel their patients on HPV-related issues in the context of cervical cancer screening.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Sexual health
Publication
2009
ISSN
1448-5028
Volume/pages
6:3(2009), p. 258-259
ISI
000268590900015
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Publication type
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 04.08.2009
Last edited 07.11.2017
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