Quality of Eating Disorders Websites: What Adolescents and Their Families Need to Know
Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 33–37, February 2011
How to Cite
Smith, A. T., Kelly-Weeder, S., Engel, J., McGowan, K. A., Anderson, B. and Wolfe, B. E. (2011), Quality of Eating Disorders Websites: What Adolescents and Their Families Need to Know. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24: 33–37. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2010.00265.x
- Issue online: 28 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2011
- Anorexia nervosa;
- binge eating disorder;
- bulimia nervosa;
- eating disorders;
- web-based health information
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the accessibility and content quality of eating disorder websites.
METHODS: A descriptive, exploratory study using four search engines and seven search terms was conducted to identify and evaluate the accuracy of eating disorder information available on consumer oriented websites.
FINDINGS: One hundred fifteen (82.1%) websites were accessed. Few sites fully described the DSM diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa (13.2%), bulimia nervosa (15.8%), eating disorder not otherwise specified (6.9%), and binge eating disorder (8%), as well as associated treatment options.
CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that eating disorder websites do not adequately address diagnostic criteria or treatment options.