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dc.contributor.authorCosta, Nathalia
dc.contributor.authorNielsen, Mandy
dc.contributor.authorJull, Gwendolen
dc.contributor.authorClaus, Andrew P
dc.contributor.authorHodges, Paul W
dc.description.abstractBackground: The popularity of the Internet as a source of health-related information for low back pain (LBP) is growing. Although research has evaluated information quality in health-related websites, few studies have considered whether content and presentation match consumer preferences. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether LBP website content and presentation matched preferences of consumers with LBP, whether matching preference of consumers changed over 8 years as recognition of people-centred healthcare has developed and whether this differs between countries of Internet searching. Method: The most prominent and top 20 LBP websites were identified using common search engines in 2010, 2015 and 2018. Websites identified in the top 20 in 2010 were followed up if not identified in 2015 and 2018. Two reviewers independently evaluated websites with a 16-item checklist developed from research of consumer preferences. In 2015, websites were identified using searches conducted using IP addresses from Australia, the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom and Canada. After removal of duplicates, 55 websites were evaluated in 2010. In 2015 and 2018, 33 and 28 new sites, respectively, were identified, and 37 previous websites were re-evaluated. Results: In 2010 and 2015, websites predominantly originated from USA and were sponsored by "for-profit" organisations. In 2018, most websites originated from Australian "not-for-profit" organisations. None of the websites provided information on all content areas. At least 55% of websites were rated as poor or fair. No site rated as excellent overall. There was some worsening over time. Country of search did not affect results. Conclusion: Websites retrieved using typical searches did not meet information and presentation preferences of people with LBP.
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartofjournalHealth Inf Manag
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLibrary and Information Studies
dc.subject.fieldofresearchInformation Systems
dc.subject.keywordsconsumer health information
dc.subject.keywordshealth information management
dc.subject.keywordsinformation dissemination
dc.subject.keywordslow back pain
dc.titleLow back pain websites do not meet the needs of consumers: A study of online resources at three time points
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationCosta, N; Nielsen, M; Jull, G; Claus, AP; Hodges, PW, Low back pain websites do not meet the needs of consumers: A study of online resources at three time points., Health Inf Manag, 2019
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.
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gro.griffith.authorNielsen, Mandy

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