Infodemiology and Infoveillance of Multiple Sclerosis in Italy

Mult Scler Int. 2013;2013:924029. doi: 10.1155/2013/924029. Epub 2013 Aug 20.


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic debilitating disease of probable autoimmune inflammatory nature, whose aetiology is not fully understood, despite the many efforts and investigations. In this manuscript, we review the concept of "Multiple Sclerosis 2.0", that is to say the Internet usage by MS patients, for seeking health and disease-related material for self-care and self-management purposes, and we introduce a Google Trends-based approach for monitoring MS-related Google queries and searches, called MS infodemiology and infoveillance. Google Trends has already proven to be reliable for infectious diseases monitoring, and here we extend its application and potentiality in the field of neurological disorders.