Breast cancer information on the internet: analysis of accessibility and accuracy.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/229116
Title:
Breast cancer information on the internet: analysis of accessibility and accuracy.
Authors:
Quinn, E M; Corrigan, M A; McHugh, S M; Murphy, D; O'Mullane, J; Hill, A D K; Redmond, H P
Affiliation:
Department of Academic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland.
Citation:
Breast cancer information on the internet: Analysis of accessibility and accuracy. 2012:notBreast
Journal:
Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Issue Date:
18-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/229116
DOI:
10.1016/j.breast.2012.01.020
PubMed ID:
22349349
Abstract:
Studies show internet sourced information often has poor accuracy. However, it is rapidly becoming a major source of patient information. Our aim was to assess accuracy of breast cancer-related information on the internet. The top five breast cancer-related search terms were identified using the commercial program "Wordtracker". These terms were searched using the search-engine "Google" and the top 100 webpages per topic analysed for applicability and accuracy of information. Overall 500 webpages were analysed. 42% were inapplicable to the question asked. Applicable accuracy rates were variable amongst the five terms: "breast cancer symptoms" 84%, "breast cancer care" 87%, "breast cancer stage" 88%, "breast cancer survival" 91% and "breast cancer signs" 78%. Educational websites were more likely to be accurate(p < 0.001) and interest group administered websites less likely to be accurate(p = 0.018) than other websites. Finding accurate breast cancer information on the internet is difficult due to large numbers of inapplicable unregulated websites preferentially returned via search engines.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1532-3080

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorQuinn, E Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorCorrigan, M Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcHugh, S Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Mullane, Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHill, A D Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorRedmond, H Pen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-15T13:42:41Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-15T13:42:41Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-18-
dc.identifier.citationBreast cancer information on the internet: Analysis of accessibility and accuracy. 2012:notBreasten_GB
dc.identifier.issn1532-3080-
dc.identifier.pmid22349349-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.breast.2012.01.020-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/229116-
dc.description.abstractStudies show internet sourced information often has poor accuracy. However, it is rapidly becoming a major source of patient information. Our aim was to assess accuracy of breast cancer-related information on the internet. The top five breast cancer-related search terms were identified using the commercial program "Wordtracker". These terms were searched using the search-engine "Google" and the top 100 webpages per topic analysed for applicability and accuracy of information. Overall 500 webpages were analysed. 42% were inapplicable to the question asked. Applicable accuracy rates were variable amongst the five terms: "breast cancer symptoms" 84%, "breast cancer care" 87%, "breast cancer stage" 88%, "breast cancer survival" 91% and "breast cancer signs" 78%. Educational websites were more likely to be accurate(p < 0.001) and interest group administered websites less likely to be accurate(p = 0.018) than other websites. Finding accurate breast cancer information on the internet is difficult due to large numbers of inapplicable unregulated websites preferentially returned via search engines.en_GB
dc.languageENG-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland)en_GB
dc.titleBreast cancer information on the internet: analysis of accessibility and accuracy.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Academic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalBreast (Edinburgh, Scotland)en_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren

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