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Psoriasis Comprehensive Care: An Evaluation of a Web Site

MOLINA-LEYVA, ALEJANDRO MD; LEYVA-GARCIA, ANA PhD; RUIZ-CARRASCOSA, JOSE CARLOS MD; NARANJO-SINTES, RAMON PhD; JIMÉNEZ-MOLEON, JOSE JUAN PhD

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: January 2014 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 30–36
doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000015
Feature Article

Psoriasis is a disease that affects many facets of life. Psoriasis patients have needs that cannot be addressed within the traditional consultation structure. Although the Internet provides a number of health resources, the quality of the information is variable, and many sites are not editorially independent. After reviewing the contents available on the Internet related to psoriasis, the staff of the psoriasis unit at San Cecilio University Hospital (Granada, Spain) developed a Web site to meet the needs of psoriasis patients. A group of 241 patients who attended a follow-up visit to our psoriasis unit evaluated the Web site and provided feedback through an online survey. The result of the Web development process was the creation of “Psoriasis365” (https://sites.google.com/site/psoriasis365/). Overall, the Web site achieved high scores, the most popular section being “research.” These results suggest that the Web site can complement the healthcare of psoriasis patients and is potentially useful for research purposes.

Author Affiliations: Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Granada (Drs Molina-Leyva and Jiménez-Moleon); Department of Dermatology, San Cecilio University Hospital (Drs Molina-Leyva, Ruiz-Carrascosa, Naranjo-Sintes); and Department of Nursery, University of Granada (Dr Leyva-Garcia), Granada, Spain.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertainingto this article.

Corresponding author: Alejandro Molina-Leyva, MD, Hospital Universitario San Cecilio, 18012, Granada, Spain (alejandromolinaleyva@gmail.com).

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