Evaluation of websites that contain information relating to malaria in pregnancy

Hamwela, V., Ahmed, Wasim and Bath, P.A. (2018) Evaluation of websites that contain information relating to malaria in pregnancy. Public Health, 157. pp. 50-52. ISSN 0033-3506

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2018.01.001

Abstract

Objectives - The study identified available websites on malaria in pregnancy on the World Wide Web and sought to evaluate their readability and information quality.

Study design - A purposeful sample of websites were selected which provided information on Malaria in pregnancy.

Methods - A total of 31 websites were identified from searches using Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines. Two generic tools (Discern and HON), one specific tool designed to assess information quality of malaria in pregnancy and readability tests (Flesch Reading Ease and Flesh-Kincaid Grade level) were used to evaluate the websites.

Results - Most of the websites scored below 50% with the HON Code tool, with most lacking information on the symptoms. One website scored over 70 with the reading ease with two (2) achieving a score of 7 for the reading level test. The readability of the websites was too advanced for an ordinary consumer.

Conclusion - The results of this study indicated that the information quality of malaria in pregnancy websites varied from fair to medium. It was also found that the readability of the websites was too advanced for an ordinary consumer. These findings suggest that most websites are not comprehensive in addressing all the relevant aspects of malaria in pregnancy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaria, Online health information, Malaria in pregnancy, Information quality
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 09:18
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 09:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34304

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