Readability and topics of the German Health Web

Internet has become an increasingly important resource for health information, especially for lay people. However, the information found does not necessarily comply with the user’s health literacy level. Therefore, it is vital to identify prominent information providers, quantify the readability of written health information, and to analyze how different types of information sources are suited for people with differing health literacy levels.
We were able to identify major information hubs as well as topics and themes within the sGHW. Results indicate that the readability within the sGHW is low. As a consequence, patients may face barriers, even though the vocabulary used seems appropriate from a medical perspective. In future work, the authors intend to extend their analyses to identify trustworthy health information web sites.
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Zowalla R, Pfeifer D, Wetter T PLoS ONE 18(2): e0281582.
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