Child Health Nurs Res.  2018 Jan;24(1):91-100. 10.4094/chnr.2018.24.1.91.

Quality Evaluation of Online Health Information Related to Young Child

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea.
  • 2Graduate School, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea. jiyo44@naver.com

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was to evaluate the quality of online health information related to infants and preschoolers accessible through mobile applications and websites.
METHODS
Using combinations of the terms 'infant', 'preschooler', and 'health' as the main keyword or categories, the researchers searched relevant mobile applications and websites in Korean application markets and popular search engines. Twelve mobile application and 14 websites were finally selected according to our inclusion criteria and evaluated using DISCERN instrument.
RESULTS
The overall quality score of online health information available through mobile applications was 2.00 of 5 points, the reliability score was 2.15, and the quality score was 1.76. The overall quality score of online health information available through websites was 2.29, the reliability score was 2.40, and the quality score was 1.82.
CONCLUSION
The quality of online health information related to young children was found to be low and to have potentially significant drawbacks according to DISCERN criteria. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a system to evaluate and regulate the quality of online health information. Additionally, factors that readers can use to judge the quality of health information, such as references and the benefit versus risks of the information, should be provided.

Keyword

Consumer health information; Internet; Mobile applications; Child; Preschool
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