Professional internet information source used as educational resource for patients with insulin-treated diabetes in the Czech Republic: a 5-year analysis of operations
The internet is a modern tool for information dissemination. Its contemporary use and efficacy in the systematic, guided education of smaller groups of diabetes patients is well-known, and data is available for internet usage among various target groups. In 2001, Zrebiec et al. evaluated patient use of an educational and interactive English-language internet resource and reported 47,365 user visits over the course of 21 months. The site was visited by users from 59 countries, with 70 % of visitors from the USA. However, no current data is available regarding how intensively professional internet information resources for diabetes patients are used, and no such data is available from non-English speaking countries at all.
In November 2008, a specialized Czech-language internet portal (www.diacentrum.czhttp://www.diacentrum.cz" TargetType="URL"/>) was established in the Czech Republic. Created and reviewed by experienced diabetologists and diabetes educators, the website provides comprehensive information for insulin-treated diabetes patients. It contains 192 pages pertaining to the condition, its treatment, certified nutrition information, and video tutorials that demonstrate proper use of insulin pens and glucometers.