Navigation Links
Predictors of inaccurate online breast cancer information
Date:2/10/2008

A new study has found that one in twenty breast cancer web pages contained inaccurate information, and that web sites devoted to complementary or alternative medicine were fifteen times more likely to have false information. The study is published in the March 15, 2008 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, and suggests that patients consult clinicians before taking action on breast cancer information gathered on the Web.

Dr. Funda Meric-Bernstam of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Elmer Bernstam from The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences investigated the usefulness of current quality-rating instruments designed to help patients find accurate information on breast cancer. The investigators used five popular search enginesGoogle, Yahoo Directory, Alta Vista, Overture, and AllTheWebto identify Web pages that consumers are likely to use when searching for breast cancerrelated information.

A total of 343 unique web pages were evaluated. Each web page was assessed for 15 quality criteria, including display of authorship, authors and physicians credentials identified, general disclaimers provided, references provided, and date of creation or last update identified. The authors also reviewed the accuracy of the Web pages with respect to breast cancer guidelines including those of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Dr. Meric-Bernstam and colleagues found 41 false or misleading statements on 18 of the Web pages (5.2 percent). Web pages containing information on complementary and alternative medicine were found to be 15.6 times more likely to contain inaccuracies than pages without this type of information. No quality criteria or Web site characteristic (link type, search engine used, and domain extension), singly or in combination, reliably identified inaccurate information.

The authors concluded that while most breast cancer information that consumers are likely to encounter online is accurate, commonly cited quality criteria do not identify inaccurate information. They advised that patients should be encouraged to maintain a healthy level of skepticism about online health information, consider the reputation of the source, and consult an appropriate clinician before taking action.


'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Molnar
amolnar@wiley.com
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. HIV denialists spread misinformation online -- consequences could be deadly; and more
2. Consequences of online HIV denial; and more
3. Online Epidemic Gives Clues to Bird Flu Spread
4. MedHelp to Add Top Stanford Surgeons and Specialized Forums to Online Health Community
5. Online Celebrity Shoe Charity Auction for Womens Heart Health Opens Bidding
6. Syndicom to Launch Online Community for DePuy Spine
7. Elder Caregiving Site ShirleyBOARD.com Wins WebAward for Outstanding Online Community
8. Peer-Reviewed, Online Database Showcases Local, County and State Pandemic Planning
9. CIGNA Behavioral Health Offers Members Online Provider Profiles
10. Dynamic Energy Systems Goes Online and On-Demand
11. North Shore-LIJ Health System Begins Online Posting of Hospital Infection Rates, Other Performance Information
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... The Gallery ... Kevin Sadati, is pleased to announce a new treatment option called Vivace Microneedling. ... their face, neck, and body through a virtually pain-free, non-surgical treatment. Vivace Microneedling ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... New patients from Charleston, SC, are ... dentist practicing in Mt. Pleasant, SC, with or without a referral. A full mouth ... with missing teeth in Charleston, SC. Those who suffer from gum disease, ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... WI (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 , ... Patients ... to call Dr. Angela Cotey’s practice to schedule an appointment, with or without a ... and frequently offers pulpotomy treatments to pediatric patients as a healthy alternative to a ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... May 22, 2017 , ... An ... to write with a pen. "My wife’s hand was damaged in a firework accident, ... something that helps people with manual problems." , He then designed and created a ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... ... larger group investing in InsightRX, an early stage company in San Francisco that ... pharmacological characteristics. Greatpoint Ventures Innovation Fund acted as the lead investor ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/18/2017)...  Two Bayer U.S. Pharmaceutical leaders received top awards ... 28 th Woman of the Year ... longstanding mission of furthering the advancement and impact of ... Cindy Powell-Steffen , senior director of brand activation and ... Libby Howe , a regional business manager for New ...
(Date:5/15/2017)... Inc., a privately-held CNS pharmaceutical company based in ... disease (PD), has enrolled the first patient in the RASMET ... study involving patients with PD and taking place at 12 ... period. The first stage is open label and involves single ... Denver , Boca Raton ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... -- Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX ) announced ... quarter ended April 1, 2017 .   GAAP diluted ... to the prior year period as the sale of ... while non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.50 increased 6.4%.  Revenue ... currency terms.  Excluding the effects of blood screening and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: