Quality of Web-based information on obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Quality of Web-based information on obsessive compulsive disorder.
Journal
Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Author(s)
Klila H., Chatton A., Zermatten A., Khan R., Preisig M., Khazaal Y.
ISSN
1176-6328 (Print)
ISSN-L
1176-6328
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2013
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
9
Pages
1717-1723
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal ArticlePublication Status: ppublish
Abstract
BACKGROUND: The Internet is increasingly used as a source of information for mental health issues. The burden of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) may lead persons with diagnosed or undiagnosed OCD, and their relatives, to search for good quality information on the Web. This study aimed to evaluate the quality of Web-based information on English-language sites dealing with OCD and to compare the quality of websites found through a general and a medically specialized search engine.
METHODS: Keywords related to OCD were entered into Google and OmniMedicalSearch. Websites were assessed on the basis of accountability, interactivity, readability, and content quality. The "Health on the Net" (HON) quality label and the Brief DISCERN scale score were used as possible content quality indicators. Of the 235 links identified, 53 websites were analyzed.
RESULTS: The content quality of the OCD websites examined was relatively good. The use of a specialized search engine did not offer an advantage in finding websites with better content quality. A score ≥16 on the Brief DISCERN scale is associated with better content quality.
CONCLUSION: This study shows the acceptability of the content quality of OCD websites. There is no advantage in searching for information with a specialized search engine rather than a general one. Practical implications: The Internet offers a number of high quality OCD websites. It remains critical, however, to have a provider-patient talk about the information found on the Web.
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