This study in the Journal of Internet Medical Research highlights the challenges of consumer health information seeking and the importance of developing support tools that would help users seek, evaluate, and analyze information in the changing digital ecosystem.
Critical evaluation of online health information has always been central to consumer health informatics. However, with the emergence of new Web media platforms and the ubiquity of social media, the issue has taken on a new dimension and urgency. At the same time, many established existing information quality evaluation guidelines address information characteristics other than the content (eg, authority and currency), target information creators rather than users as their main audience, or do not address information presented via novel Web technologies.
The aim of this formative study was to develop a methodological approach for analyzing health-related web pages and apply it to a set of relevant web pages.
Keselman A, Arnott Smith C, Murcko AC, Kaufman DR
Evaluating the Quality of Health Information in a Changing Digital Ecosystem
J Med Internet Res 2019;21(2):e11129