Cardiology 2013 (Full reference info)

Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 710Author: Alsafi, A., Kaya, G., Patel, H. and Hamady, M. S.
Year: 2013
Title: A comparison of the quality of the information available on the internet on interventional radiology, vascular surgery, and cardiology
Journal: J Postgrad Med
Volume: 59
Issue: 1
Pages: 69-75
Date: Jan-Mar
Short Title: A comparison of the quality of the information available on the internet on interventional radiology, vascular surgery, and cardiology
Alternate Journal: Journal of postgraduate medicine
ISSN: 0022-3859 (Print)
0022-3859 (Linking)
DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.109509
Accession Number: 23525067
Keywords: *Cardiology
Consumer Health Information/*standards
Humans
*Information Dissemination
*Internet
*Radiology, Interventional
Reproducibility of Results
Search Engine
*Vascular Surgical Procedures
Abstract: CONTEXT AND AIMS: Internet use is rapidly expanding and increasingly plays a substantial role in patient education. We sought to evaluate and compare the quality of information available to patients online on three closely linked specialties: Interventional radiology (IR), cardiology, and vascular surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched the leading three search engines for the terms: “Interventional Radiology”, “cardiology,” and “vascular surgery,” collating the top 50 hits from each search. After excluding duplicates and irrelevant sites, 43, 25, and 36 sites remained, respectively. Sites were analyzed using the LIDA instrument (an online tool for assessing health-related websites) and Fleisch Reading Ease Scores (FRES) were compared across the different search terms and correlated with the country of origin and certification by the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation. RESULTS: There was no significant difference ( P>0.05) in the total LIDA, accessibility, usability or reliability scores between the three specialties. HONCode certification was associated with higher LIDA (83.1+/-1.6 vs. 71.53+/-0.8 ( P<0.0001)), reliability (75.7+/-3.6 vs. 49.0+/-1.6 ( P<0.0001)) and FRES (37.4+/-4.0 vs. 29.7+/-1.4 ( P=0.0441)). CONCLUSION: Websites are generally well designed and easy to use; the majority however, lacks currency and reliability. Despite similarity in quality of online information, there is a disparity in knowledge of IR; this may be due to low web-traffic figures of IR sites. Wikipedia’s user-generated content, ranks highly in major search engines, as such; this could serve as means of disseminating reliable health information to patients.
Notes: Alsafi, A
Kaya, G
Patel, H
Hamady, M S
eng
Comparative Study
India
2013/03/26 06:00
J Postgrad Med. 2013 Jan-Mar;59(1):69-75. doi: 10.4103/0022-3859.109509.
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23525067
Author Address: Department of Interventional Radiology, Imperial College, St. Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, United Kingdom.

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