Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
versão impressa ISSN 0482-5004
MORETTI, Felipe Azevedo et al. Assessing knowledge on fibromyalgia among internet users. Rev. Bras. Reumatol. [online]. 2011, vol.51, n.1, pp. 13-19. ISSN 0482-5004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0482-50042011000100002.
OBJECTIVE: To assess knowledge on fibromyalgia in a sample of patients, their families, and professionals interested on the theme from some Brazilian states. METHODS: Analysis of the results of an electronic fibromyalgia knowledge questionnaire completed by 362 adults who had access to the the support group for fibromyalgia site (www.unifesp.br/grupos/fibromialgia). The answers were grouped according to age, sex, years of schooling, and type of interest in the condition. RESULTS: 92% of the responders were women and 62% had higher educational level. The worst results were observed in the "joint protection and energy conservation" domain, followed by the "medication in fibromyalgia" domain. The best results were recorded in the "exercises in fibromyalgia" domain. The answers differed significantly between sexes, and women achieved a higher percentage of correct answers. The female sex accounted for a statistically superior result in five statistical analyses (four questions and one domain). CONCLUSIONS: The study suggests the need for a strategic planning for an educational approach to fibromyalgia in Brazil
Palavras-chave : fibromyalgia; knowledge; education; internet.