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Comparing public interest on stone disease between developed and underdeveloped nations: are search patterns on google trends similar?

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Title
Comparing public interest on stone disease between developed and underdeveloped nations: are search patterns on google trends similar?
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International braz j urol, October 2021
DOI 10.1590/s1677-5538.ibju.2020.1076
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Giovanni S. Marchini, Kauy V. M. Faria, Felippe L. Neto, Fábio César Miranda Torricelli, Alexandre Danilovic, Fábio Carvalho Vicentini, Carlos A. Batagello, Miguel Srougi, Willaim C. Nahas, Eduardo Mazzucchi

Abstract

The big data provided by Google Trends may reveal patterns in health information-seeking behavior on population from Brazil and United States (US). Our objective was to explore and compare patterns of stone disease online information-seeking behaviors in both nations. To compare Relative Search Volume (RSV) among different urologic key words we chose "US" and "Brazil" as country and "01/01/2009 - 31/12/2018" as time-range. The final selection included 12 key words in each language. We defined "ureteroscopy" as a reference and compared RSV against it for each term. RSV was adjusted by the reference and normalized in a scale from 0-100. Trend presence was evaluated by Mann Kendall Test and magnitude by Sen's Slope (SS) Estimator. We found an upward trend (p<0.01) in most of the researched terms in both countries. Higher temporal trends were seen for "Kidney Stone" (SS=0.36), "Kidney Pain" (SS=0.39) and "Tamsulosin" (SS=0.21) in the US. Technical treatment terms had little search volumes and no increasing trend. "Kidney Stent" and "Double J" had a significant increase in search trend over time and had a relevant search volume overall in 2018. In Brazil, "Calculo Renal", "Colica Renal", "Dor no Rim" and "Pedra no Rim" had a significant increase in RSV (p<0.001). More common and popular terms as "Kidney Stent" and "Tamsulosin" were highly correlated with "Kidney Pain" and "Kidney Stone" in both countries. In the last decade, there was a significant increase in online search for medical information related to stone-disease. Population from both countries tend to look more for generic terms related to symptoms, the disease, medical management and kidney stent, than for technical treatment vocabulary.

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