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Health literacy: a study of internet-based information on advance directives.
AIMThe aim of this study was to evaluate the quality and value of web-based information on advance directives. Internet-based information on advance directives was selected because, if it is inaccurate or difficult to understand, patients risk making decisions about their care that may not be followed in practice.
METHODTwo validated health information evaluation tools, the Suitability Assessment of Materials and DISCERN, and a focus group were used to assess credibility, user orientation and effectiveness.
FINDINGSOnly one of the 34 internet-based information items on advance directives reviewed fulfilled the study criteria and 30% of the sites were classed as unreadable. In terms of learning and informing, 79% of the sites were considered unsuitable.
CONCLUSIONUsing health literacy tools to evaluate internet-based health information highlights that often it is not at a functional literacy level and neither informs nor empowers users to make independent and valid healthcare decisions.
University of Northampton, Faculty of Health and Society, Northampton, England.
Nursing management (Harrow, London, England : 1994) 24:8 2017 Nov 28 pg 27-33
Pub Type(s)Journal Article