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Table 2 Patients’ expectation of information sources

From: Internet and WeChat used by patients with Crohn’s disease in China: a multi-center questionnaire survey

Expectation items Number (%)
Expected sources to gain IBD knowledge
 Verbal teaching from IBD physicians 274 (80)
 Official brochures or materials from hospitals 261 (76)
 Videos from doctors 236 (69)
 Communication with other patients 208 (61)
 Referring to professional books 127 (37)
 Videos recorded by patients 77 (23)
 Internet searching by themselves 66 (19)
 Others 5 (2)
Information expectations for IBD patients
 Notices in diet and daily life 282 (83)
 Disease general introduction 274 (80)
 Medication advances and side effects 274 (80)
 The prognosis and influencing factors 204 (60)
 Policy about subsidies and discounts for treatment 198 (58)
 Relevant knowledge about surgery 164 (48)
 Stories about defeating the disease 141 (41)
 Communication with other patients through social media 141 (41)
Willingness to pay for online consultations of IBD
 Yes 130 (38)
 No 51 (15)
 Depends on the expenses 161 (47)