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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of patients by parents’ internet searching behaviors

From: Online health information seeking behaviours of parents of children undergoing surgery in a pediatric hospital in Rome, Italy: a survey

Characteristic Parents did not report using the internet Parents did report using the internet p-value
Number of all patients’ parents interviewed, n (%) 23 (9.4) 222 (90.6) < 0.001
Age of the patients in years, median (IQR) 6.2 (2.0–9.7) 7.0 (3.6–11.3) 0.380
Patient age groups, n (%):    0.830
 0–4 years 9 (39.1) 83 (37.4)
 5–10 years 10 (43.5) 81 (36.5)
 10–14 years 2 (8.7) 36 (16.2)
 15–18 years 2 (8.7) 22 (9.9)
Patient’s gender, n (%)    0.703
 Male 14 (60.9) 144 (64.9)
 Female 9 (29.1) 78 (35.1)
Length of hospital stay in days, median (IQR) 4 (1.0–19.0) 4 (1.0–17.0) 0.345
Complexity of surgery based on AQHR, n (%)    0.856
 Major 18 (78.3) 170 (76.6)
 Minor 5 (21.7) 52 (23.4)
Living outside the municipality of Rome, n (%) 7 (30.4) 90 (40.5) 0.345
Distance from the hospital in Km, median (IQR) 62 (32–248) 43 (24–148) 0.177