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ONE in four patients who research common surgery on the internet are left "worried and confused" by the information they receive, a report has revealed. The study, published in the Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, surveyed 105 patients undergoing elective hernia or gallbladder surgery. All of those taking part in the study were asked to complete a questionnaire on the morning of their operation on arrival to the ward, asking whether they had research the procedure on the internet. The author of the report, Anand Tamhankar, said: "Information about medical conditions or procedures available on the internet is unregulated, sometimes commercially sponsored and often overwhelming to the patients. Having appropriate preoperative information is vital. "Our study highlights the need for regulated comprehensible patient information on hospital websites that patients should be made aware of." Sue Woodward, chair elect of the Patient Liaison Group of the Royal College of Surgeons of England said: "It is vital that patients have access to appropriate information before and after an operation."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2009
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