Journal article

A multilingual evaluation of current health information on the Internet for the treatments of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Emily C Chen, Rustom P Manecksha, Robert Abouassaly, Damien M Bolton, Oliver Reich, Nathan Lawrentschuk

Prostate Int | Published : 2014

Abstract

PURPOSE: To compare the quality of current Internet information on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and its surgical and medical managements across four Western languages and a comparative analysis of website sponsors. BPH Internet information quality is particularly relevant in an era of expanding, minimally invasive and surgical therapies. However, no comprehensive analysis exists. METHODS: World Health Organization Health on the Net (HON) principles may be applied to websites using an automated toolbar function. Using a search engine (www.google.com), 9,000 websites were assessed using keywords related to BPH and its medical and surgical treatment in English, French, German, and Spanish..

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