Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

English and Spanish oral cancer information on the internet: A pilot surface quality and content evaluation of oral cancer Web sites

Irwin, JY and Thyvalikakath, T and Spallek, H and Wali, T and Kerr, AR and Schleyer, T (2011) English and Spanish oral cancer information on the internet: A pilot surface quality and content evaluation of oral cancer Web sites. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 71 (2). 106 - 116. ISSN 0022-4006

[img] Plain Text (licence)
Available under License : See the attached license file.

Download (1kB)


Objective: Oral and pharyngeal cancers are responsible for over 7,600 deaths each year in the United States. Given the significance of the disease and the fact that many individuals increasingly rely on health information on the Internet, it is important that patients and others can access clear and accurate oral cancer information on the Web. The objective of this study was threefold: a) develop an initial method to evaluate surface and content quality of selected English- and Spanish-language oral cancer Web sites; b) conduct a pilot evaluation; and c) discuss implications of our findings for dental public health. Methods: We developed a search strategy to find oral cancer sites frequented by the public using Medline Plus, Google, and Yahoo in English and Spanish. We adapted the Information Quality Tool (IQT) to perform a surface evaluation and developed a novel tool to evaluate site content for 24 sites each in English and Spanish. Results: English-language sites had an average IQT score of 76.6 (out of 100) and an average content score of 52.1 (out of 100). Spanish-language sites had an average IQT score of 50.3 and an average content score of 25.6. Conclusions: The study produced a quality assessment of oral cancer Web sites useful for clinicians and patients. Sites provided more information on clinical presentation, and etiology, and risk factors, than other aspects of oral cancer. The surface and quality of Spanish-language sites was low, possibly putting Hispanic populations at a disadvantage regarding oral cancer information on the Web. © 2011 American Association of Public Health Dentistry.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Irwin, JY
Thyvalikakath, Ttpt1@pitt.eduTPT1
Spallek, Hhspallek@pitt.eduHSPALLEK
Wali, T
Kerr, AR
Schleyer, Ttitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 March 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Volume: 71
Number: 2
Page Range: 106 - 116
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2010.00207.x
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-4006
MeSH Headings: Consumer Health Information--standards; Disclosure; Health Education, Dental--standards; Humans; Hypermedia; Information Services--standards; Information Storage and Retrieval; Internet--standards; Language; Marketing; MedlinePlus; Mouth Neoplasms; Patient Education as Topic; Pilot Projects; Search Engine; User-Computer Interface
PubMed ID: 21774133
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 15:06
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:58


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item