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Title: Can patients expect reliable health information from online searches on haemorrhoids?
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Smart, Philip
Lawrentschuk, Nathan
Other Authors: Ng, Matthew
Smith, Riley
Keywords: Haemoorhoids
Health Information
Western Languages
Treatment Options
World Health Organisation
Health on the Net Principles
HON Principles
Information Quality
Colorectal Cancer
High-Quality Information
Web Search Results
General Surgery and Gastroenterology Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria,
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Week 2018
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: Aim: To analyse the quality of health information on the Internet on haemorrhoids across five Western Languages and performed a comparative analysis of website sponsors. Summary of Background Data: Haemorrhoids are a common condition affecting the haemorrhoid cushions of the anal canal. There are many treatment options available. Information on the Internet on haemorrhoids is considered variable, but there is little data analysis which to support this. Methods World Health Organization Health on the Net (HON) principles were utilised to assess quality website information. Eleven keywords related to colorectal cancer were used in the Google search engine (, Google, CA, USA) in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The first 150 websites in each language had their HON principles and sponsorship determined. Results Of the 8250 websites analysed, 586 (7.1%) were found to HON-accredited. The rate of HON-accreditation ranged from 2.0% (piles) to 10.0% (haemorrhoids), with higher-ranking results having higher rates of HON accreditation. Conclusion There is a paucity of high-quality information in on the Internet, however the Google search algorithm prioritises high quality information in its web search results.
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Colorectal Surgery, Eastern Health, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia.
Department of Colorectal Surgery, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.
Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Appears in Collections:General Surgery and Gastroenterology
Research Month

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