Survey results of Internet and computer usage in veterans with epilepsy

Epilepsy Behav. 2010 Mar;17(3):366-8. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2009.11.016. Epub 2010 Jan 29.


After our study of a self-management intervention for epilepsy, we gathered data on Internet use and computer availability to assess the feasibility of computer-based interventions in a veteran population. Veterans were asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire that gathered information regarding seizures/epilepsy in addition to demographic data, Internet use, computer availability, and interest in distance education regarding epilepsy. Three hundred twenty-four VA neurology clinic patients completed the survey. One hundred twenty-six self-reported a medical diagnosis of epilepsy and constituted the epilepsy/seizure group. For this group of veterans, the need for remote/distance-based interventions was validated given the majority of veterans traveled long distances (>2 hours). Only 51% of the epilepsy/seizure group had access to the Internet, and less than half (42%) expressed an interest in getting information on epilepsy self-management on their computer, suggesting that Web-based interventions may not be an optimal method for a self-management intervention in this population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Computers / statistics & numerical data*
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology
  • Epilepsy / therapy*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Hospitals, Veterans / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Self Care*
  • Veterans*