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Assessing the quality of websites providing information on multiple sclerosis: evaluating tools and comparing sites

Harland, J.A. and Bath, P.A. (2007) Assessing the quality of websites providing information on multiple sclerosis: evaluating tools and comparing sites. Health Informatics Journal, 13 (3). pp. 207-221. ISSN 1460-4582

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Abstract

The quality of health information available on the Internet has proved difficult to assess objectively. The Internet's growing popularity as a source of health information, accompanied by the lack of regulation of websites, has resulted in research that has developed and tested tools to evaluate health website quality. However, only a few studies have tested the validity and reliability of these tools. There is a lack of consensus about appropriate indicators with which to operationalize the concept of quality health information. This study aimed to contribute to this research by testing the validity and reliability of existing tools, through their application to websites that provided information about multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, a specific tool for evaluating multiple sclerosis information was developed, contributing to the debate about suitable criteria for measuring the `quality' of health information on the web.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: evaluation; multiple sclerosis; World Wide Web
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2009 13:27
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2009 13:27
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1460458207079837
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1460458207079837
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9127

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