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dc.contributor.authorSowter, Julie*
dc.contributor.authorAstin, F.*
dc.contributor.authorDye, L.*
dc.contributor.authorMarshall, P.*
dc.contributor.authorKnapp, P.*
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-25T09:27:42Z
dc.date.available2016-05-25T09:27:42Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationSowter J, Astin F, Dye L, Marshall P and Knapp P (2016) Assessment of the quality and content of website health information about herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms. Maturitas. 88: 16-22.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/8407
dc.descriptionYes
dc.description.abstractObjective To assess the 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 the 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 are poor and the required reading level high.
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights© 2016 Elsevier B.V. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subjectMenopause
dc.subjectWorld Wide Web
dc.subjectInternet
dc.subjectHealth information
dc.subjectHerbal remedies
dc.titleAssessment of the quality and content of website health information about herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms
dc.status.refereedYes
dc.date.Accepted2016-02-26
dc.date.application2016-03-04
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.versionAccepted manuscript
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2016.02.016
dc.rights.licenseCC-BY-NC-ND
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-25T15:18:30Z
dc.openaccess.statusopenAccess


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