The Informed Patient: An Analysis of Information Seeking Behavior and Surgical Outcomes Among Men With Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Haidar Abdul-Muhsin, Mark Tyson, Santanam Raghu, Mitchell Humphreys

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Abstract

The Internet has placed considerable information at the disposal of patients, but the sources for credible and accurate information may be difficult for a layperson to discern. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in elderly men can be treated with different surgical interventions. The purpose of this research was to determine information seeking behaviors (ISB) of BPH patients before and after each type of surgery. All patients who underwent surgical intervention for BPH at a tertiary training center between January 2007 and January 2013 were included in this study. A comprehensive questionnaire regarding their ISB was sent through a third-party survey center. The following areas were examined: (1) the patient’s opinion regarding information sources of BPH and its treatment, (2) the extent of ISB for each patient and its relation to the type of surgical intervention he eventually underwent, and (3) the relationship between the extent of ISB and the patient’s final satisfaction. The results indicated that the majority of patients felt that it is relatively easy to find information about BPH and its treatment. Most of the patient started with either general online search engines or used the hospital website. Patients who explored more sources of information ended up choosing a more specific and sophisticated procedure. Generally, patients used fewer sources postoperatively regardless of the procedure they underwent. There was no correlation between the extent of ISB and overall satisfaction (r = −0.0719, p =.1610) and regret (r = −0.0436, p =.3945).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-153
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP)
  • information seeking behavior
  • transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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