Content analysis of patient material resources on the internet for oral cancer-An exploratory study

Shreya Bhatia, Gururaghavendran Rajesh, Almas Binnal, S. Shreya Sarkar, Chirag Suhane

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Background: Oral cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality in the world over and is a major public health problem. There are numerous resources on the internet which provide information related to oral cancer. However, they may not be optimal and standardized. The present study was conducted to assess the quality, readability, and content of the online resources for oral cancer. Methods: The content analysis approach was employed for the present study. Google search engine was employed to search for various online resources on oral cancer. The first 50 websites were evaluated for their quality and readability. Flesch-Kincaid readability tests were used to assess the readability of the internet material and consisted of Flesch reading ease and Flesch-Kincaid grade level. The quality of websites was assessed by Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) benchmarks and HONcode (Health Over Net code). Results: A total of 12 (32.43%) of the websites were fairly difficult to comprehend, while none of the websites were easy/very easy to comprehend. A total of 8 (21.62%) websites were readable by only college-level graduates. Overall, 21 (56.76%) of the websites did not have HONcode certification. Conclusion: The present study revealed that a majority of the websites were fairly difficult to comprehend and readable by college-level graduates. There is a definite need to monitor the quality of the websites on oral cancer. The present study highlights the need for stringent norms and regulations regarding oral cancer made available to the common man on the internet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-572
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Cancer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology


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