A critical evaluation of Web sites offering patient information on tinnitus.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207966
Title:
A critical evaluation of Web sites offering patient information on tinnitus.
Authors:
Kieran, Stephen M; Skinner, Liam J; Donnelly, Martin; Smyth, David A
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Waterford Regional Hospital,, Co. Waterford, Ireland. skieran@rcsi.ie
Citation:
Ear Nose Throat J. 2010 Jan;89(1):E11-4.
Journal:
Ear, nose, & throat journal
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207966
PubMed ID:
20155682
Abstract:
The Internet is a vast information resource for both patients and healthcare professionals. However, the quality and content often lack formal scrutiny, so we examined the quality of patient information regarding tinnitus on the Internet. Using the three most popular search engines (google.com, yahoo.com, and msn.com), we found pertinent Web sites using the search term tinnitus. Web sites' accountability and authorship were evaluated using previously published criteria. The quality of patient information about tinnitus was assessed using a new 10-point scale, the Tinnitus Information Value (TIV). Statistical analysis was performed using the independent sample t-test (p <or= 0.05). An electronic database of 90 Web sites was constructed using the first 30 English-language Web sites identified by each search engine. After duplicates and sites only containing links to other Web sites were eliminated, 39 remained. The mean score for accountability was 2.13 on scale of 0 to 7. The mean TIV was 5.0 on a scale of 0 to 10. Only 12 sites (30.8%) had their authors clearly identified. Twenty-two (56.4%) sites were sponsored by commercial interests or represented private practices. The mean TIV was significantly higher (p = 0.037) for noncommercial (personal, academic institution, or charity) sites (5.88 +/- 2.39 SD) than those representing commercial interests (4.32 +/- 2.10 SD). Tinnitus information available on the Internet is indeed variable, and care should be taken in recommending tinnitus Web sites to patients.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Humans; *Information Dissemination; *Internet; *Patient Education as Topic; *Tinnitus
ISSN:
1942-7522 (Electronic); 0145-5613 (Linking)

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dc.contributor.authorKieran, Stephen Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorSkinner, Liam Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDonnelly, Martinen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSmyth, David Aen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T10:52:48Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T10:52:48Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T10:52:48Z-
dc.identifier.citationEar Nose Throat J. 2010 Jan;89(1):E11-4.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1942-7522 (Electronic)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0145-5613 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid20155682en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207966-
dc.description.abstractThe Internet is a vast information resource for both patients and healthcare professionals. However, the quality and content often lack formal scrutiny, so we examined the quality of patient information regarding tinnitus on the Internet. Using the three most popular search engines (google.com, yahoo.com, and msn.com), we found pertinent Web sites using the search term tinnitus. Web sites' accountability and authorship were evaluated using previously published criteria. The quality of patient information about tinnitus was assessed using a new 10-point scale, the Tinnitus Information Value (TIV). Statistical analysis was performed using the independent sample t-test (p <or= 0.05). An electronic database of 90 Web sites was constructed using the first 30 English-language Web sites identified by each search engine. After duplicates and sites only containing links to other Web sites were eliminated, 39 remained. The mean score for accountability was 2.13 on scale of 0 to 7. The mean TIV was 5.0 on a scale of 0 to 10. Only 12 sites (30.8%) had their authors clearly identified. Twenty-two (56.4%) sites were sponsored by commercial interests or represented private practices. The mean TIV was significantly higher (p = 0.037) for noncommercial (personal, academic institution, or charity) sites (5.88 +/- 2.39 SD) than those representing commercial interests (4.32 +/- 2.10 SD). Tinnitus information available on the Internet is indeed variable, and care should be taken in recommending tinnitus Web sites to patients.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Information Disseminationen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Interneten_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Patient Education as Topicen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Tinnitusen_GB
dc.titleA critical evaluation of Web sites offering patient information on tinnitus.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Waterford Regional Hospital,, Co. Waterford, Ireland. skieran@rcsi.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalEar, nose, & throat journalen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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