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Internet information quality for ten common foot and ankle diagnoses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22857963     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Patients use the Internet regularly to access health-related information. This study's goal was to assess the quality and content of Internet-based information for common foot and ankle diagnoses.
METHODS: We identified the ten most common foot and ankle diagnoses in our academic foot and ankle practice. Ten websites for each diagnosis were identified using two large Internet search engines. A custom grading form was used to determine website quality, based upon the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) principles, and information content. Four independent reviewers graded each website.
RESULTS: One hundred thirty-six unique websites were reviewed. Average HON score was 62.4 (range, 52.3-68.8) and content score was 49.7 (range, 33.8-62.1) out of a maximum of 100. Interobserver variability was low.
CONCLUSIONS: The overall quality of Internet information for common foot and ankle diagnoses is variable, raising concerns about what information is currently available to patients.
Jeremy T Smith; Olivia L Pate; Daniel Guss; Jared T Lee; Christopher P Chiodo; Eric M Bluman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-12-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Foot and ankle surgery : official journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1460-9584     ISO Abbreviation:  Foot Ankle Surg     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609647     Medline TA:  Foot Ankle Surg     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  198-202     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 European Foot and Ankle Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, United States.
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