An Evaluation of Web-based Information about Barrett's Esophagus in Korea

Sung Hyun Park, Jun Haeng Lee, Kap Hyun Kim, Ki Joo Kang, Sang-Jung Kim, Seung Chul Lee, Jin Yong Kim, Poong-Lyul Rhee, Jae J. Kim, Jong Chul Rhee
2009 Korean Journal of Gastroenterology  
Background/Aims: Internet has become an important source of medical information not only for doctors but also patients. However, information available in the Internet may provide wrong or even harmful knowledge to the public. The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of Internet-based medical information about Barrett's esophagus in Korea. Methods: The first 50 Internet links were retrieved from the Google using the key word 'Barrett's esophagus'. The quality of information from a total
more » ... of 49 websites was evaluated using a checklist. Results: Among total 49 sites related to 'Barrett's esophagus', only 4 sites (8.2%) were made by hospitals or clinics, and 11 sites (22.4%) were for patients. Of the 49 sites, only one web site (2.0%) had all HON CODE principles (authority, complementarity, confidentiality, attribution, justifiability, transparency of authorship, transparency of sponsorship, honesty in advertising and editorial policy). Sixteen Internet links (32.0%) had fair contents for the definition, and 24 links (48.0%) for the diagnosis, and 15 links (30.0%) for the treatment. Conclusions: Information about Barrett's esophagus was incomplete in the majority of medical web sites. It will bring about confusion in patients who want to get information about Barrett's esophagus from the Internet. There is a need for better evidence-based information about Barrett's esophagus on the web. (Korean J Gastroenterol 2009;53:292-296) Key Words: Internet; Barrett's esophagus 서 론 사회가 발전하고 급변하면서 건강에 대한 관심이 어느 때 보다 높아지고 있다. 과거에는 건강에 대한 정보를 주로 의 사나 의학서적으로부터 얻었으나 최근에는 인터넷, TV, 신 문, 잡지 등 다양한 매체를 통해 얻고 있다. 1 우리나라는 초 고속 인터넷 보급률이 높아 인터넷 이용률이 높고 특히 대 중적인 건강정보의 중요한 수단으로서 인터넷을 이용하는 인구가 기하급수적으로 늘고 있다. 1,2 최근 건강에 대한 관 심이 증가하고 건강검진이 널리 보급되면서 젊은 사람들이 박성현 외 9인. 바렛 식도에 대한 국내 인터넷 의료 정보의 평가 293
doi:10.4166/kjg.2009.53.5.292 pmid:19458465 fatcat:55p5nqdb65cebkvdrmou6s7tii