Journal article

Assessing the quality, reliability and readability of online health information regarding systemic lupus erythematosus

M Reynolds, A Hoi, RRC Buchanan

LUPUS | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has complex pathophysiology and treatments, and patients often use the internet to better understand their condition. This report systematically assesses the quality, reliability and readability of online information. Methods The search term 'systemic lupus erythematosus' was used with Google™, Bing™ and Yahoo™ search engines sequentially. The first 25 websites returned ('hits') for each search engine (total 75 websites) were compiled. The search terms 'SLE' and 'lupus' were used in separate Google searches to assess for commonality. After removal of excluded hits, websites were assessed using the DISCERN instrument, Journal of the American Med..

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