Extent, accuracy, and credibility of breastfeeding information on the Internet

Ulfat Shaikh, Barbara J. Scott

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Abstract

Our objective was to test and describe a model for evaluating Websites related to breastfeeding. Forty Websites most likely to be accessed by the public were evaluated for extent, accuracy, credibility, presentation, ease of use, and adherence to ethical and medical Internet publishing standards. Extent and accuracy of Website content were determined by a checklist of critical information. The majority of Websites reviewed provided accurate information and complied with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Approximately half the Websites complied with standards of medical Internet publishing. While much information on breastfeeding on the Internet is accurate, there is wide variability in the extent of information, usability of Websites, and compliance with standards of medical Internet publishing. Results of this study may be helpful to health care professionals as a model for evaluating breastfeeding-related Websites and to highlight considerations when recommending or designing Websites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-183
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Human Lactation
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

Keywords

  • Breast feeding
  • Breast-feeding
  • Breastfeeding
  • Internet
  • Websites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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