Journal article

Patient information on the internet for surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease: is it good enough?

Alex J Besson, Christy Kei, Belinda Jackson, Trevor M Yeung, Irene Deftereos, Justin MC Yeung

International Surgery Journal | Medip Academy


Background: Our study aimed to identify the search engines and terms commonly used by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients and aimed to assess the quality and readability of these resources.Methods: Patients attending IBD clinic were surveyed, regarding search engines, terms and number of websites viewed. Websites according to these predetermined criteria were identified. Website content was described and quality was assessed using DISCERN. Readability was graded using the Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES).Results: From 33 survey responses, Google was universally utilised. Forty-two websites met the inclusion criteria (19 for Crohn’s disease (CD), 23 for ulcerative colitis (UC). Only one..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers