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Title: Quality systems for online medicines information
Authors: Galea, Gabriel Leon
Keywords: Medicine -- Computer network resources
Medicine -- Information resources
Internet in medicine
Medicine -- Quality control
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Galea, G.L. (2019). Quality systems for online medicines information (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: The lack of standardised quality systems for online information has resulted in a variety of problems related to the accuracy, reliability and overall genuineness of information provided by several online sources. The aims of this study were to determine what online medicines information is available, what tools are available to assess its quality, and to establish a quality system for online medicines information. A literature search was carried out to identify online sources of medicines information and tools for assessing the quality of online information. To analyse the data obtained from this search, two databases were created. These databases were used to obtain an understanding of what medicines information is available on the Internet and how its quality can be assessed, and to design a quality system for online information sources. The developed quality system took the form of two tools – a tool for assessing sources’ quality and a scale for assessing their accessibility. In order to validate these tools, the Delphi method was conducted using a panel comprised of eight members with varying backgrounds. The literature search yielded a total of 65 online sources of medicines information, 39 of which provided general drug information, while 22 provided information on clinical trials. With regards to intended audiences, 38 sources were suited to healthcare professionals and 28 were targeted to the general public. The part of the literature search which focused on identifying tools for assessing quality yielded a total of 26 relevant tools. Among the identified tools, the most prominent criteria for assessing the quality of online information were timeliness of information and the source of information. The designed and validated quality tool evaluates category of information, intended audience, structure, source, access, and also includes seven assessment criteria such as sources and authorship. The designed and validated accessibility scale consists of four sections: economy, audience, mobile-friendliness and time relevance. This study has contributed to the development of a quality system consisting of the aforementioned tools, which can be used by both consumers and healthcare professionals to assess health-related information available over the Internet.
Description: B.PHARM.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacM&S - 2019
Dissertations - FacM&SPha - 2019

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