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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 48 (2006) 10, 797 - 802

Short report

Information about electroconvulsive therapy on the internet

G. Degraeve, C. van Heeringen, K. Audenaert

summary This article aims to provide a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the information about electroconvulsive therapy that is currently available on the internet. We carried out a quantitative assessment by entering five search terms into eight (meta)search engines. We achieved our qualitative assessment by visiting the first twenty websites generated by each search on one of the search engines, in particular Google (www.google.com), and by scoring these websites with an adapted Sandvik-score. We conclude that the scored websites are technically sound but are incomplete as far as content is concerned.

 

keywords electroconvulsive therapy, information, internet