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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161418
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Two Year Descriptive Study of Depression Web Sites
Abstract:
A Two Year Descriptive Study of Depression Web Sites
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2003
Author:Belcher, Jan
Contact Address:679 Greystone Drive, Beavercreek, OH, 45434, USA
Co-Authors:Carol Holdcraft
The public aggressively seeks health information from the Internet. However, health care providers have been skeptical of the validity and reliability of web-based information especially for mental health issues. Purpose: To evaluate web-based information resources for depression. Research question: What are the quantity and quality of web-based resources for people with depression based on identified criteria over two years? Conceptual framework: The Technology Assessment Model includes assessment of need, safety, efficacy and effectiveness, economic appraisal, and social impact. Method: Clinical practice guidelines for depression and criteria for web site evaluation were combined to develop a tool with 28 yes/no questions addressing positive content, 4 yes/no questions addressing negative content, and 11 Likert-scale questions addressing site construction/format (Cronbach's alpha=0.9). This exploratory, descriptive study located and evaluated web sites for depression. Sample: 91 web sites for depression evaluated at 3 intervals: February 2000, May 2000, and February 2001. Results: A variety of information for depression was found. Of the total web sites found in February and May, only 80% were available in 3 months. Highest ranking web sites contained positive content from a variety of authors. Lowest ranking sites promoted unusual treatments for depression with some questionable authors. Conclusion: Many web sites evaluated had some useful information. Information about treatment, personal stories, support groups, and resources can provide hope to individuals and families dealing with depression. However, some web sites were perilous. Anyone can develop a web site and many sites covertly identified the author. Many sites were marketplaces for diverse products and services with unknown quality. Many web sites had undated, vanishing information. People also can become frustrated with unavailability of sites/links. Health care providers should examine content, absence of negative/harmful information, and ease of movement through the web information. AN: MN030070
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Two Year Descriptive Study of Depression Web Sitesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161418-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Two Year Descriptive Study of Depression Web Sites </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Belcher, Jan</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">679 Greystone Drive, Beavercreek, OH, 45434, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Carol Holdcraft </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The public aggressively seeks health information from the Internet. However, health care providers have been skeptical of the validity and reliability of web-based information especially for mental health issues. Purpose: To evaluate web-based information resources for depression. Research question: What are the quantity and quality of web-based resources for people with depression based on identified criteria over two years? Conceptual framework: The Technology Assessment Model includes assessment of need, safety, efficacy and effectiveness, economic appraisal, and social impact. Method: Clinical practice guidelines for depression and criteria for web site evaluation were combined to develop a tool with 28 yes/no questions addressing positive content, 4 yes/no questions addressing negative content, and 11 Likert-scale questions addressing site construction/format (Cronbach's alpha=0.9). This exploratory, descriptive study located and evaluated web sites for depression. Sample: 91 web sites for depression evaluated at 3 intervals: February 2000, May 2000, and February 2001. Results: A variety of information for depression was found. Of the total web sites found in February and May, only 80% were available in 3 months. Highest ranking web sites contained positive content from a variety of authors. Lowest ranking sites promoted unusual treatments for depression with some questionable authors. Conclusion: Many web sites evaluated had some useful information. Information about treatment, personal stories, support groups, and resources can provide hope to individuals and families dealing with depression. However, some web sites were perilous. Anyone can develop a web site and many sites covertly identified the author. Many sites were marketplaces for diverse products and services with unknown quality. Many web sites had undated, vanishing information. People also can become frustrated with unavailability of sites/links. Health care providers should examine content, absence of negative/harmful information, and ease of movement through the web information. AN: MN030070 </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:21:01Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:21:01Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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