Quality and readability of English-language internet information for adults with hearing impairment and their significant others
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, Vol. 51, no 8, 618-626 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: This study evaluated the quality and readability of English-language internet information for adults with hearing impairment and their significant others. Design: Two keyword pairs (hearing loss and hearing aids) were entered into five country-specific versions of the most commonly used internet search engine in May 2011. Sample: For each of the 10 searches, the first 10 relevant websites were included. After removing duplicates, a total of 66 websites were assessed. Their origin (commercial, non-profit organization, or government), date of last update, quality (Health On the Net (HON) certification and DISCERN scores), and readability (Flesch Reading Ease Score, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Formula, and Simple Measure Of Gobbledygook) were assessed. Results: Most websites were of commercial origin and had been updated within the last 18 months. Their quality and readability was highly variable. Only 14% of the websites had HON certification. Websites that were of non-profit organization origin had significantly higher DISCERN scores. Readability measures show that on average, only people with at least 11-12 years of education could read and understand the internet information presented. Conclusions: Based on these results, this article provides a list of recommendations for website developers and clinicians wishing to incorporate internet information into their practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa Healthcare , 2012. Vol. 51, no 8, 618-626 p.
Hearing impairment, hearing aids, internet health information, health information quality, health information readability
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79632DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2012.684406ISI: 000306425600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79632DiVA: diva2:543980
Funding Agencies|Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research|2009-0055|2012-08-132012-08-132014-11-28