Evaluation of UK internet sources on information about melatonin in children

Iqra Irfan, Gazala Akram

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Abstract

Websites were grouped according to host categories, (i.e. governmental, professional, commercial and charity) and scored using a bespoke instrument to evaluate the quality of information on melatonin as a sleep aid for children. 26 websites were evaluated against 20 criteria measuring the quality of clinical and physical attributes of the site. Each attribute scored 0, 1 or 2 (max score of 40). The mean (SD) total score was 18.5 (5.6) out of 40. Sites scored poorly for their clinical content [6.6 (3.6) out of 22] but scored more favourably for the physical characteristics [11.7 (2.9) out of 18]. The quality of information about melatonin online is extremely basic and limited.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0045
Pages (from-to)43-44
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Volume24
Issue numberSuppl. 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2016
EventRoyal Pharmaceutical Society Annual conference - ICC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sep 20165 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • medical information
  • Internet use
  • Melatonin
  • children
  • sleep disorders

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