Quality and readability of online-based consumer health information about Metabolic Syndrome using DISCERN and Flesch-Kincaid Tools: An Evaluation Study.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the quality and readability of health information on the internet about Metabolic Syndrome.
Objective: The Objective of study was to evaluate the quality and readability of health information on the internet for patients and consumers about MetS.
Duration: 4 months
Methods: Evaluation Study
Mean DISCERN score (out of 80) for all websites was 56.51 ± 7.50 suggesting ‘good’ quality. Websites with the .gov extension had the highest average DISCERN Score (62.5 ± 0.42). Out of the selected websites, nine websites had excellent quality. The mean FRES was 44.80 ± 11.50 and the mean FKGL was 10.90 ±2.17. The information available on the internet websites was difficult to read and can be comprehended by people achieving approximately US Grade 10 which is above the recommended grade level.
LIC, University of Delhi, Delhi