Quality assessment of online medical information on oral contraceptive pills in arabic language websites, a cross-sectional study


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2020-02-12
2020-06-02
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Keywords

  • Usability.
  • Credibility
  • Arabic Language
  • Accuracy
  • Oral Contraceptive Pills
  • Quality
  • Online Information

Abstract

Many people nowadays seek the health information they need online, as an alterna-tive to professional medical consultation. The current manuscript aims to evaluate the quality of the online information on oral contraceptive pills in Arabic websites. In this cross-sectional study, the term “oral contraceptive pills” in the Arabic language was fed to popular search engines. A list of 45 websites was evaluated in terms of accura-cy/completeness, credibility and usability. The analyzed data demonstrated that most websites provide incomplete information about important issues, like efficacy, safety, instruction for administration, and when to use backup methods, which might result in the delivery of misinformation and the consequent occurrence of unwanted pregnancy. In the majority of the websites, the articles were prepared by anonymous authors with unknown qualifications and expertise, and without providing any citations, which ques-tions the reliability and correctness of the provided information. Moreover, most web-sites did not declare the source of their funding and the organization behind the web-sites, which opens the door for a possibility of a conflict of interest and the exploitation of the websites for marketing purposes. On the other hand, most websites fairly fulfilled the usability criteria, as they were designed with a clear, consistent and legible layout of information, with easy navigation and information finding. In conclusion, the majority of the websites in the Arabic language provide information on oral contraceptive pills, which is inadequate, none reliable, none credible and seriously vulnerable to inaccuracy and conflict of interest.

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Quality assessment of online medical information on oral contraceptive pills in arabic language websites, a cross-sectional study


معلومات المقال

2020-02-12
2020-06-02
None - None

الكلمات الإفتتاحية

  • Usability.
  • Credibility
  • Arabic Language
  • Accuracy
  • Oral Contraceptive Pills
  • Quality
  • Online Information

الملخص

Many people nowadays seek the health information they need online, as an alterna-tive to professional medical consultation. The current manuscript aims to evaluate the quality of the online information on oral contraceptive pills in Arabic websites. In this cross-sectional study, the term “oral contraceptive pills” in the Arabic language was fed to popular search engines. A list of 45 websites was evaluated in terms of accura-cy/completeness, credibility and usability. The analyzed data demonstrated that most websites provide incomplete information about important issues, like efficacy, safety, instruction for administration, and when to use backup methods, which might result in the delivery of misinformation and the consequent occurrence of unwanted pregnancy. In the majority of the websites, the articles were prepared by anonymous authors with unknown qualifications and expertise, and without providing any citations, which ques-tions the reliability and correctness of the provided information. Moreover, most web-sites did not declare the source of their funding and the organization behind the web-sites, which opens the door for a possibility of a conflict of interest and the exploitation of the websites for marketing purposes. On the other hand, most websites fairly fulfilled the usability criteria, as they were designed with a clear, consistent and legible layout of information, with easy navigation and information finding. In conclusion, the majority of the websites in the Arabic language provide information on oral contraceptive pills, which is inadequate, none reliable, none credible and seriously vulnerable to inaccuracy and conflict of interest.

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