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Assessment of the quality and content of website health information about herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms

Sowter, Julie, Astin, Felicity, Dye, Louise, Marshall, Paul and Knapp, Peter (2016) Assessment of the quality and content of website health information about herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms. Maturitas, 88. pp. 16-22. ISSN 0378-5122

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Abstract

Objective: To assess quality, readability and coverage of website information about herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms.
Study design: A purposive sample of commercial and non-commercial websites was assessed for quality (DISCERN), readability (SMOG) and information coverage.
Main outcome measures: Non-parametric and parametric tests were used to explain variability of these factors across types of websites and to assess associations between website quality and information coverage.
Results: 39 sites were assessed. Median quality and information coverage scores were 44/80 and 11/30 respectively. The median readability score was 18.7, similar to UK broadsheets. Commercial websites scored significantly lower on quality (p=0.014), but there were no statistical differences for information coverage or readability. There was a significant positive correlation between information quality and coverage scores irrespective of website provider (r=0.69, p<0.001, n=39).
Conclusion: Overall website quality and information coverage is poor and the required reading level high.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Boulton
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 09:30
Last Modified: 25 May 2016 18:54
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/28436

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