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Comparing Google With A Focused Diabetes Search Engine

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified March 2010 by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier:
First received: March 3, 2010
Last updated: June 3, 2010
Last verified: March 2010

Abstract Diabetes behavior can be influenced by patients exploring diabetes topics that may lack scientific credibility. The question this study examines is whether a Google or Health on the Net (HON) internet search, presents websites that would incline a more or less likely recommendation to patients ? A preliminary trial suggests that referrers recommend websites based on rules that may prioritize website source over content. This study will qualitatively assess the rules that participants use in deciding which websites are more suitable than others.

Method The investigators will inject a diabetes related search term into a HON and a Google search engine. The top 5 mutually exclusive websites from each search engine will be presented to 5 people from three groups stratified across endocrinologists, informaticians and PCPs. Participants will rank the websites and then identify the rules that they applied to reach their decision.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Comparing Google With A Focused Diabetes Search Engine

Further study details as provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: March 2010
Primary Care Physicians


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Primary Care Physicians, Informaticians, Diabetologists

Inclusion Criteria:

  • physician, informatician, diabetologist

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01080976

Contact: Shane R Reti, MBChB 617 278 8152
Contact: Michael Tierney, MD 617 278 8152

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Recruiting
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Contact: Shane Reti         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Study Director: Shane Reti, MBChB Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr Charles Safran, Division Chief, Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess medical Center Identifier: NCT01080976     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009-P-000356
Study First Received: March 3, 2010
Last Updated: June 3, 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017