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Quality of vascular surgery Web sites on the Internet.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22801107     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: This study evaluated the readability, accessibility, usability, and reliability of vascular surgery information on the Internet in the English language.
METHODS: The Google, Yahoo, and MSN/Bing search engines were searched for "carotid endarterectomy," "EVAR or endovascular aneurysm repair," and "varicose veins or varicose veins surgery." The first 50 Web sites from each search engine for each topic were analyzed. The Flesch Reading Ease Score and Gunning Fog Index were calculated to assess readability. The LIDA tool (Minervation Ltd, Oxford, UK) was used to assess accessibility, usability, and reliability.
RESULTS: The Web sites were difficult to read and comprehend. The mean Flesch Reading Ease scores were 53.53 for carotid endarterectomy, 50.53 for endovascular aneurysm repair, and 58.59 for varicose veins. The mean Gunning Fog Index scores were 12.3 for carotid endarterectomy, 12.12 for endovascular aneurysm repair, and 10.69 for varicose veins. The LIDA values for accessibility were good, but the results for usability and reliability were poor.
CONCLUSIONS: Internet information on vascular surgical conditions and procedures is poorly written and unreliable. We suggest that health professionals should recommend Web sites that are easy to read and contain high-quality surgical information. Medical information on the Internet must be readable, accessible, usable, and reliable.
Perbinder Grewal; Bryn Williams; Swethan Alagaratnam; James Neffendorf; Ritish Soobrah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular surgery     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1097-6809     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-22     Completed Date:  2012-12-31     Revised Date:  2013-05-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407742     Medline TA:  J Vasc Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1461-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Vascular Surgery, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Aneurysm / surgery*
Endarterectomy, Carotid*
Endovascular Procedures*
Internet / standards*
Varicose Veins / surgery*
Comment In:
J Vasc Surg. 2013 Apr;57(4):1177   [PMID:  23535048 ]
J Vasc Surg. 2013 Apr;57(4):1176-7   [PMID:  23535046 ]

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