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Table 3 Prevalence and Frequency of Internet Use (n = 47 internet users)

From: Is the Internet a useful and relevant source for health and health care information retrieval for German cardiothoracic patients? First results from a prospective survey among 255 Patients at a German cardiothoracic surgical clinic

How often did you daily 1 – 2/week 1 – 2/month 1 – 2/3 month
use the internet for email (n = 34) 17 14 2 1
use the internet for retrieving general information (n = 47) 20 23 3 1
use the internet for information about health or health care (n = 17) 1 6 7 3
use the internet for amusement (n = 29) 4 11 10 4
use the Internet for shopping (n = 26) 2 4 8 12
use the internet for chatting (n = 16) 1 3 8 4
use the internet to communicate with other people in newsgroups (n = 5) 0 3 1 1
use the internet to maintain your own homepage (n = 4) 0 1 2 1
  1. The search for health or health care information has not been well established yet among our study sample.