Health Information Quality
The advent of the Internet and search engines has been a turning point in the dissemination of health information to the lay public. Whereas web-based health information is key to inform communities, it can also lead to misinformation. Disinformation spreads easily on the web and can disrupt the truth leading to health scares with potential major public health consequence, such as a drop in vaccinations.
This research assesses the quality of information people can find using search engines like Google®
- Information on the vaccines-autism connection
Investigators: Pietro Ghezzi & Marie Neunez
Researchers around the world participate in this study investigating, in six different languages, how information can build trust in favour or against vaccines
- Information on probiotics
Investigators: Marie Neunez & Hilde Stevens
Partners: Michel Goldman & Pietro Ghezzi
This analysis will focus on the emerging interest in probiotics and to what extent the web provides information that is scientifically sound and based on evidence-based medicine.