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Quality of internet information to aid patient decision making in locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer

A. Williams Orcid Logo, Andrew Cunningham, Hayley Hutchings Orcid Logo, Dean Harris Orcid Logo, M.D. Evans, D. Harji Orcid Logo

The Surgeon, Volume: 20, Issue: 6, Pages: 383 - 391

Swansea University Authors: Andrew Cunningham, Hayley Hutchings Orcid Logo, Dean Harris Orcid Logo

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Abstract

To review whether online decision aids are available for patients contemplating pelvic exenteration (PE) for locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer (LARC and LRRC). A grey literature review was carried out using the Google Search™ engine undertaken using a predefined search strategy (PROSPERO...

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Published in: The Surgeon
ISSN: 1479-666X
Published: Elsevier BV 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59282
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Abstract: To review whether online decision aids are available for patients contemplating pelvic exenteration (PE) for locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer (LARC and LRRC). A grey literature review was carried out using the Google Search™ engine undertaken using a predefined search strategy (PROSPERO database CRD42019122933). Written health information was assessed using the DISCERN criteria and International Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) with readability content assessed using the Flesch-Kincaid reading ease test and Flesch-Kincaid grade level score. Google search yielded 27, 782, 200 results for the predefined search criteria. 131 sources were screened resulting in the analysis of 6 sources. No sources were identified as a decision aid according to the IPDAS criteria. All sources provided an acceptable quality of written health information, scoring a global score of 3 for the DISCERN written assessment. The median Flesch-Kincaid reading ease was 50.85 (32.5-80.8) equating to a reading age of 15-18 years and the median Flesch-Kincaid grade level score was 7.65 (range 3-9.7), which equates to a reading age of 13-14. This study has found that there is a paucity of online information for patients contemplating PE. Sources that are available are aimed at a high health literate patient. Given the considerable morbidity associated with PE surgery there is a need for high quality relevant information in this area. A PDA should be developed to improve decision making and ultimately improve patient experience. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2021 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Scottish charity number SC005317) and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.]
Keywords: Internet based information, Google, Patient decision aid, Pelvic exenteration, Rectal cancer, DISCERN, IPDAS
College: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
Issue: 6
Start Page: 383
End Page: 391