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Table 3 Characteristics of Adolescents and Parents Information Exchanges (Seeking or Providing) in OSGs

From: An exploration of information exchange by adolescents and parents participating in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis online support groups

  Adolescents Parents
Providing information (n = 160) Seeking information (n = 145) p Providing information (n = 141) Seeking information (n = 159) p
Past/current treatment
 Just diagnosed 9 19 .021 8 53 < .001
 Observation 5 18 .002 10 17 .278
 Brace 114 82 .008 82 76 .073
 Having surgery 12 2 .011 13 4 .012
 Had surgery 28 3 < .001 19 2 < .001
AIS-specific
 Causes 41 55 .021 59 86 .034
 Co-occurring 16 29 .014 9 33 < .001
 Functioning 7 18 .011 9 11 .085
 Appearance 10 28 .001 12 4 .070
Brace-specific
 Daily/nightly 27 13 .041 19 16 .359
 Monthly/yearly 24 11 .043 14 10 .247
 Types of 39 23 .065 40 35 .205
 Non-adherence 12 8 .486 5 8 .529
 Effectiveness 39 13 < .001 32 31 .498
 Appearance 36 22 .104 21 5 < .001
 Comfort 29 28 .791 28 19 .060
 Functioning 16 15 .921 11 16 .495
 Exercise/sports 4 3 .802 7 10 .621
 Clothes/dress 20 13 .322 16 11 .182
Other biomedical
 Doctors/hospitals 7 7 .851 23 40 .061
 Research/resources 9 2 .047 13 3 .005
  1. Note. p-value is two-sided, significance at 0.05