Qualitative assessment of online information about age-related macular degeneration available in Portuguese
To evaluate the quality of online information on age-related macular degeneration available in Portuguese.
The search term “age-related macular degeneration” was used to browse the web using four different search engines. The first 40 websites appearing on match lists provided by each search engine were recorded and those listed in at least three tab pages selected. The Sandvik Severity Index was used as to assess website quality.
Quality of information available on selected websites was rated average (mean Sandvik Score 7.08±2.23).
Most websites disseminating information about age-related macular degeneration were of average quality. The need to readjust web-based information to target lay public and promote increased understanding was emphasized.