After searching for websites about depression that used a hosting agency like webhoster vergleich (‘‘depression,’’ ‘‘depression treatment,’’ and ‘‘depression help’’) with a popular search engine: Google, the authors of this work carefully examined the websites. The websites were evaluated on accountability, interactivity, esthetics, readability and content quality. They also used the brief DISCERN as a content quality indicator for general consumers. They found 58 sites from which 13 were excluded: 8 were not websites, 3 were blogs or
discussion forum, 1 required an access login, and 1 was inaccessible.
They analyzed 45 websites, the overall quality of the websites about depression was good. Those with a high score on the brief DISCERN, the presence of HON label (The Health On the Net Foundation (HON) ) and affiliation of the website were all related to high quality.
These 10 websites scored highest on the brief DISCERN and content quality:
This research was done in February 2009.
Zermatten, A., Khazaal, Y., Coquard, O., Chatton, A., & Bondolfi, G. (2010). Quality of web-based information on depression Depression and Anxiety DOI: 10.1002/da.20665