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Evaluation of antipsychotic information on UK schizophrenia websites

  • Gazala Akram (a1), Anne Boyter (a2) and Alison Thomson (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

To evaluate the quality of information about medication on 33 UK schizophrenia websites using a bespoke tool known as the Strathclyde Website Evaluation Form (SWEF).

Results

The mean total SWEF score was 26 out of a maximum of 52. For website content, the mean score was 15.3 out of a maximum of 32. Most websites mentioned antipsychotics (n = 23), but only 10 described the differences between typical and atypical classes. Three websites mentioned the different injectable formulations. Information about side-effects, particularly from atypicals was limited. Comprehensive details about clozapine including the blood monitoring requirements were found on two websites. Currency was reasonable with 20 websites being less than 3 years old.

Clinical implications

Information about antipsychotic medication on UK schizophrenia websites is basic and incomplete.

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Gazala Akram (gazala.akram@strath.ac.uk)
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Evaluation of antipsychotic information on UK schizophrenia websites

  • Gazala Akram (a1), Anne Boyter (a2) and Alison Thomson (a2)
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