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Table 5 Patients' knowledge about psoriasis and information need distributed in the 3 Italian areas

From: Analysis of health care and actual needs of patients with psoriasis: a survey on the Italian population

Item Total responders North Centre South p
  No % No % No % No %  
Patient's opinion of doctor's explanation of the health problem
Positive 1875 96.0 528 76.3 364 62.0 330 55.4 < 0.0001
Negative    59 8.5 97 16.5 114 19.1  
Don't know    105 15.2 126 21.5 152 25.5  
Patient's view of the best information source on disease treatment
Dermatologist 1870 95.7 434 63.2 333 56.7 292 49.0 < 0.0001
General practitioner    162 23.6 60 10.2 137 23.0  
Patient association    30 4.3 132 22.5 66 11.1  
Other    61 8.9 62 10.6 101 16.9  
Patient's view as to whether patients require more information concerning therapy
Yes 1884 96.4 607 88.1 575 96.5 482 80.5 < 0.0001
No    82 11.9 21 3.5 117 19.5  
Patient's opinion of the best information source on psoriasis
General practitioner 1842 94.3 148 23.0 113 19.0 121 20.0 < 0.0001
Pharmacist    21 3.3 6 1.0 44 7.3  
Dermatologist    265 41.2 207 34.8 197 32.6  
Illustrated medication leaflet    7 1.1 7 1.2 19 3.2  
Health personnel    49 7.6 42 7.1 39 6.5  
Friends and family    13 2.0 5 0.8 16 2.6  
Health magazines    30 4.7 17 2.9 33 5.5  
Books    6 0.9 1 0.2 6 1.0  
Internet    25 3.9 53 8.9 42 7.0  
Newspapers    7 1.1 11 1.8 11 1.8  
Information campaigns    42 6.5 34 5.7 20 3.3  
Patient associations    19 3.0 95 16.0 34 5.6  
Other    11 1.7 4 0.6 22 3.6  
Knowledge of patients' rights
Yes 1726 88.3 154 26.0 178 30.8 178 32.0 0.06
No    438 74.0 400 69.2 378 68.0  
Knowledge of homeopathic medication and herb-based products
Yes 1855 94.9 124 19.1 123 20.6 187 30.7 < 0.0001
No    526 80.9 473 79.4 422 69.3  
Knowledge of therapies such as acupuncture, the use of phototherapy
Yes 1848 94.6 159 24.5 150 25.4 195 32.0 0.005
No    489 75.5 441 74.6 414 68.0