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Comparing Google With A Focused Diabetes Search Engine

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01080976
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 5, 2010
Results First Posted : February 7, 2018
Last Update Posted : February 7, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Charles Safran, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Brief Summary:

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.


Condition or disease
Diabetes

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 10 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Comparing Google With A Focused Diabetes Search Engine
Study Start Date : March 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2010

Group/Cohort
Primary Care Physicians
Diabetologists



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Website Ranking [ Time Frame: Immediate ]
    Primary care and diabetes clinicians' preference in a set of webpage search results on a visual analog scale (1-100) with 1 being the lowest preference and 100 being the highest. Rankings based on qualitative measures, such as perceived clinical relevance, perceived accuracy of content, and perceived timeliness of content.

  2. Search Engine Preference [ Time Frame: Immediate ]
    Based on the results of primary outcome 1 (Website Ranking), preference for search engine was measured qualitatively between Google and Health-on-the-Net.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • physician, informatician, diabetologist

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01080976


Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Charles Safran
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States, 02446
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Charles Safran, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Responsible Party: Charles Safran, Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01080976     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009P000356
First Posted: March 5, 2010    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: February 7, 2018
Last Update Posted: February 7, 2018
Last Verified: February 2018

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases