Content and Quality of Information Provided on Canadian Dementia Websites

Authors

  • Whitney A. Dillon Queen’s University
  • Jeanette C. Prorok Queen’s University
  • Dallas P. Seitz Queen’s University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.16.40

Keywords:

dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Internet, health information

Abstract

Purpose

Information about dementia is important for persons with dementia (PWD) and their caregivers and the Internet has become the key source of health information. We reviewed the content and quality of information provided on Canadian websites for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Methods

We used the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer” in Google to identify Canadian dementia websites. The contents of websites were compared to 16 guideline recommendations provided in Canadian Consensus Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia. The quality of information provided on websites was evaluated using the DISCERN instrument. The content and quality of information provided on selected websites were then described.

Results

Seven websites were identified, three of which provided relatively comprehensive and high-quality information on dementia. Websites frequently provided information about diagnosis of dementia, its natural course, and types of dementia, while other topics were less commonly addressed. The quality of information provided on the websites varied, and many websites had several areas where the quality of information provided was relatively low according to the DISCERN instrument.

Conclusions

There is variation in the content and quality of dementia websites, although some websites provide high-quality and relatively comprehensive information which would serve as a useful resource for PWD, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Improvements in the content and quality of information provided on AD websites would provide PWD and their caregivers with access to better information.

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Published

2012-12-03

How to Cite

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Dillon WA, Prorok JC, Seitz DP. Content and Quality of Information Provided on Canadian Dementia Websites. Can Geriatr J [Internet]. 2012 Dec. 3 [cited 2022 Aug. 8];16(1):6-15. Available from: https://cgjonline.ca/index.php/cgj/article/view/40

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Original Research