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A follow-up study on the quality of alcohol dependence-related information on the web

Olivier Coquard1, Sebastien Fernandez2, Daniele Zullino3 and Yasser Khazaal3*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Vaud, Lausanne, Switzerland

2 Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland

3 Division of Substance Abuse, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland

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Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2011, 6:13  doi:10.1186/1747-597X-6-13

Published: 10 June 2011


In order to evaluate the one-year evolution of web-based information on alcohol dependence, we re-assessed alcohol-related sites in July 2007 with the same evaluating tool that had been used to assess these sites in June 2006. Websites were assessed with a standardized form designed to rate sites on the basis of accountability, presentation, interactivity, readability, and content quality. The DISCERN scale was also used, which aimed to assist persons without content expertise in assessing the quality of written health publications. Scores were highly stable for all components of the form one year later (r = .77 to .95, p < .01). Analysis of variance for repeated measures showed no time effect, no interaction between time and scale, no interaction between time and group (affiliation categories), and no interaction between time, group, and scale. The study highlights lack of change of alcohol-dependence-related web pages across one year.

Internet; Quality Indicators; Health Care; alcohol; addiction