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Table 4 Impact of information search by age group

From: The internet user profile of Italian families of patients with rare diseases: a web survey

  Age group   
  <40 yrs (N = 211) 40-54 yrs (N = 264) >55 yrs (N = 42) Total (N = 571) p
  N % N % N % N %  
Increased my comprehension of the disease 170 86.7 180 78.3 24 75.0 374 81.7 0.048
Increased my anxiety 122 61.6 114 47.9 8 24.2 244 52.0 0.000
Improved the management of the disease 140 73.3 135 61.1 14 48.3 289 65.5 0.004
Made me change my son’s food habits 43 24.0 50 23.6 8 26.7 101 24.0 0.934
Was useful fo recognizing the diagnosis 138 69.3 138 57.5 15 45.4 291 61.7 0.006
Discussed with physicians the information I found 154 77.0 159 66.5 12 37.5 325 69.0 0.000
Changed physician 22 12.4 21 10.0 4 13.8 47 11.3 0.693