Background: This is a preliminary analysis of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM)-related websites available to the general public with respect to thyroid surgery. Methods: Four key terms and/or phrases (neuromonitoring AND thyroid AND neck surgery, intraoperative neuromonitoring, intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring, IONM) were entered separately into the search engines Google.com, Yahoo.com and Bing.com. The first 50 results obtained for each search procedure were evaluated. Websites were evaluated for content quality using the validated DISCERN rating instrument. Readability was graded by the Flesch Reading Ease Score and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. Results: The results were related to scientific publications in most cases (64%). A large percentage (59%) of the servers are located in the USA. The main language used is English (91%); only 19% of the websites are multilingual or in other languages. 58% of the sites were rated as excellent to good and 42% as fair to poor. The median Flesch Reading Ease Score was 49.6; the median Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level was 13.85. Conclusions: World Wide Web information about IONM in thyroid surgery is too specific and difficult and poorly accessible to the general public.

Web-based information on intraoperative neuromonitoring in thyroid surgery / C. Ferrari, S. Spampatti, A. Leotta, S. Rausei, F. Rovera, L. Boni, D. Inversini, G. Carcano, G. Dionigi, R. Dionigi. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SURGERY. - ISSN 1743-9191. - 11:suppl. 1(2013), pp. S40-S41. [10.1016/S1743-9191(13)60012-6]

Web-based information on intraoperative neuromonitoring in thyroid surgery

L. Boni;G. Dionigi;
2013

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Background: This is a preliminary analysis of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM)-related websites available to the general public with respect to thyroid surgery. Methods: Four key terms and/or phrases (neuromonitoring AND thyroid AND neck surgery, intraoperative neuromonitoring, intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring, IONM) were entered separately into the search engines Google.com, Yahoo.com and Bing.com. The first 50 results obtained for each search procedure were evaluated. Websites were evaluated for content quality using the validated DISCERN rating instrument. Readability was graded by the Flesch Reading Ease Score and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. Results: The results were related to scientific publications in most cases (64%). A large percentage (59%) of the servers are located in the USA. The main language used is English (91%); only 19% of the websites are multilingual or in other languages. 58% of the sites were rated as excellent to good and 42% as fair to poor. The median Flesch Reading Ease Score was 49.6; the median Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level was 13.85. Conclusions: World Wide Web information about IONM in thyroid surgery is too specific and difficult and poorly accessible to the general public.
Intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) Websites; Thyroid parathyroid neck surgery; intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring
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