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Authors: Hüsch, Tanja
Ober, Sita
Haferkamp, Axel
Naumann, Gert
Tunn, Ralf
Saar, Matthias
Kranz, Jennifer
Title: Comparison of online health information between different digital platforms for pelvic organ prolapse
Online publication date: 9-Jan-2023
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: Purpose To identify differences in the content and quality of online health information for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) presented in social media and digital search engines to sustainably enhance patient guidance for adequate platforms for seeking online health information on POP. Methods The platforms Google search, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube were searched for the keyword “pelvic organ prolapse”. Results were categorized as useful, misleading, advertising, and personal experience. Data were categorized into healthcare professionals, professional organisations, industry, patients, and individuals. The readability score and Health On the Net (HON) code seal were analyzed for Google. Descriptive and univariate analysis was performed. Results The source with the highest quantity of useful content was YouTube whereas LinkedIn included mostly advertisement and misleading content. YouTube and Google provided the greatest variety of health information. Social media platforms identified emotional distress and sleep disturbances as a common side effect of POP which is limited considered in clinical practice and provide novel insights of bothersome symptoms related to the disease. The spectrum of different surgical techniques was limited in all platforms. Only 12 (40.0%) were HON-qualified websites with a mean readability score of 10.4 which is considered fairly difficult to read. Conclusion Besides Google search, YouTube was identified as a valuable online source for POP information. However, encompassing information of surgical techniques was limited in all platforms. Urogynecological association may contribute to improve patient information by providing online health information which is complete and easy to understand.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: World journal of urology
Pages or article number: 2529
Publisher: Springer
Publisher place: Berlin u.a.
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 1433-8726
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00345-022-04129-6
Appears in collections:DFG-491381577-H

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