Researchers find online scoliosis info is poor quality

Researchers find online scoliosis info is poor quality
The quality of web-based information on scoliosis is poor, according to a study published in the Aug. 15 issue of Spine.

(HealthDay)—The quality of web-based information on scoliosis is poor, according to a study published in the Aug. 15 issue of Spine.

Shaun Wellburn, from Teesside University in Middlesbrough, U.K., and colleagues evaluated seven websites for -related content. Three reviewers used DISCERN, a validated information , to evaluate the sites. Websites were also assessed for quality assurance certification with the Health On the Net code.

The researchers observed significant correlations with the DISCERN scores between reviewers 1 and 2 and reviewers 2 and 3. Forty-nine was the highest mean cumulative score for all items achieved by any of the evaluated websites (range, 15 to 80). The Health On the Net code was displayed by only one site.

"Health care professionals should be aware of the content of websites that they recommend to patients," the authors write. "Websites should be maintained such that content is up to date, evidence-based, impartial, and written in plain language."

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Surgical site infections in pediatric scoliosis reviewed

Jun 06, 2013

(HealthDay)—Surgical site infections, particularly those caused by gram-negative pathogens, occur more frequently following procedures in patients with non-idiopathic rather than idiopathic scoliosis, according ...

Recommended for you

Teen vaccinations up but HPV coverage remains low overall

13 hours ago

(HealthDay)—From 2012 to 2013, coverage for adolescents aged 13 to 17 years increased for all routinely recommended vaccinations. Increases ranged from 1.4 percentage points for at least one tetanus toxoid, ...

User comments