Evaluation of internet websites about retinopathy of prematurity patient education

Evaluation of internet websites about retinopathy of prematurity patient education

Autor Martins, EliSabeth Nogueira Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Morse, L. S. Google Scholar
Instituição Univ Calif Davis
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Resumo Background/aims: the success of the treatment in patients with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is mainly associated with timely diagnosis and appropriate management. Information dissemination is crucial for the outcome of ROP. This study aimed to evaluate the quality of the information about ROP available for patients on the internet.Methods: Cross sectional study. in March 2004 the ROP information available on the internet was evaluated using two search engines (MetaCrawler and MSN) and four key terms (retinopathy of prematurity, premature eye, premature retina, and ROP). the quality of each website was evaluated using a score system. the sites were classified as academic, organisational, or commercial. Readability, general quality of the website (based on ownership, purpose, authorship, author qualification, attribution, interactivity, and currency), and quality of the content specific to ROP (definition, causes, epidemiology, risk factors, diagnosis, classification, treatment, and prognosis) were analysed.Results: of 114 websites evaluated, 40 were included. 10 sites (25.0%) were academic, eight (20.0%) organisational, and 22 (55.0%) commercial. in the majority of the sites (62.5%) the ROP information was fair or poor.Conclusions: A large amount of information about ROP is available on the internet. However, most websites were considered incomplete.
Idioma Inglês
Data de publicação 2005-05-01
Publicado em British Journal of Ophthalmology. London: B M J Publishing Group, v. 89, n. 5, p. 565-568, 2005.
ISSN 0007-1161 (Sherpa/Romeo, fator de impacto)
Publicador B M J Publishing Group
Extensão 565-568
Fonte http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjo.2004.055111
Direito de acesso Acesso aberto Open Access
Tipo Artigo
Web of Science WOS:000228444600016
Endereço permanente http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/28268

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