Google it! Evaluation of the quality of online information regarding concussion

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Cook, Ryan A.
Atterbury, Dusty J.
Berg, Gina M.

Ryan A. Cook, Dusty J. Atterbury. (2012). Google It! Evaluation of the Quality of Online Information Regarding Concussion. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.67-68


This study compared the online information available to consumers regarding the definition, symptoms, treatment and return to play recommendations after suffering a concussion. The top ten non-media websites were identified using the key term ‘concussion’ using Google. Quality and accuracy of the websites were compared with the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sports. Each website contained a general list of signs, symptoms, and home treatment options. One website contained no information and eight sites recommended seeing your clinician before returning to play. The quality of information consumers can find on the Internet is generally accurate but widely varies in coverage. Searching for health information online is extremely popular and consumers should be aware of the inaccurate information that is not peer reviewed.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions