Title: 2039 - Web-Based Information on the Treatment of the Mouth in Scleroderma


Ismail Abdouh (Presenter)
College of Dentistry, Taibah University

Stephen Porter, Eastman Dental Institute - UCL
Stefano Fedele, Eastman Dental Institute - UCL
Richeal Ni Riordain, Eastman Dental Institute - UCL


Objectives: To categorise the content and assess the quality and readability of the web-based information regarding treatment of the mouth in scleroderma disease

Methods: An online search using three different search terms of varying sophistication (“Treatment of the mouth in scleroderma,” “Treatment of the mouth in systemic sclerosis,” and "Treatment of the mouth in scleroderma/systemic sclerosis”) was carried out on the Google search engine in February 2017. The first 100 websites from each search were selected for analysis. Data recorded included DISCERN instrument scores along with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) benchmarks and the presence of HON seal. Flesch Reading Ease Scores were calculated to assess readability

Results: No significant differences were found among the three search terms. The search term (Treatment of the mouth in scleroderma/systemic sclerosis) generate 432.000 websites. Only 57 websites remained for analysis after applying the search criteria and excluding duplicated results. The mean overall DISCERN score was 2.37 (SD 1.01). With regard to JAMA benchmarks, only 4 websites (7%) achieved the four JAMA benchmarks. Twelve websites (21.1%) displayed the HON seal. The reading level was found to be difficult to very difficult among the majority of websites (n=55)

Conclusions: The quality of the online information regarding oral health and treatment of the mouth of scleroderma is questionable with difficult reading levels also recorded. Further efforts should be directed towards establishing more accurate and reliable online information sources

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