Conceptual framework for a new tool for evaluating the quality of diabetesconsumer-information web sites

Joshua J. Seidman, Donald Steinwachs, Haya R. Rubin

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Abstract

Background: Most existing tools for measuring the quality of Internet health information focus almost exclusively on structural criteria or other proxies for quality of information, rather than evaluating information accuracy and comprehensiveness. Objective: This research sought to build a conceptual framework that could lay the groundwork for a robust performance-measurement system for evaluating the quality of Internet health information. Methods: Application of the quality-of-care measurement paradigm to developing a conceptual framework for defining and evaluating the quality of diabetes consumer-information Web sites. Results: Performance measures related to accuracy and comprehensiveness of information can be added to structural criteria to provide a more-robust approach to Web site evaluation. Conclusions: The development and implementation of a reliable and valid method for evaluating the quality of Internet health sites could provide lay people with a tool to identify useful content more easily and distinguish between beneficial and misleading information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-135
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of medical Internet research
Volume5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

Keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Guidelines
  • Information management/standards
  • Internet/standards
  • Medical informatics/standards
  • Quality of health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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