OBJECTIVE: 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.
|Number of pages||7|
|Early online date||4 Mar 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2016|
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