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.
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