Tinnitus information online – does it ring true?

McKearney, Richard M. and Mackinnon, Robert C. and Smith, Mark and Baker, Richard J. (2018) Tinnitus information online – does it ring true? Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 132 (11). pp. 984-989. ISSN 1748-5460

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022215118001792


Objective: To assess, using standardised tools, the quality and readability of online tinnitus information that patients are likely to access. Methods: A standardised review was conducted of websites relating to tinnitus and its management. Each website was scored using the DISCERN instrument and the Flesch Reading Ease scale. Results: Twenty-seven unique websites were evaluated. The mean DISCERN score of the websites was 34.5 out of 80 (standard deviation = 11.2). This would be considered 'fair' in quality. Variability in DISCERN score between websites was high (range, 15-57: 'poor' to 'very good'). Website readability was poor, with a mean Flesch Reading Ease score of 52.6 (standard deviation = 7.7); this would be considered 'difficult' to read. Conclusion: In general, the quality of tinnitus websites is fair and the readability is poor, with substantial variability in quality between websites. The Action on Hearing Loss and the British Tinnitus Association websites were identified as providing the highest quality information.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: health, literacy, information dissemination
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2019 07:18
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:56
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704106

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