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Googling migraine: A study of Google as an information resource of migraine management

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title = "Googling migraine: A study of Google as an information resource of migraine management",
abstract = "INTRODUCTION: Health information is one of the most frequently searched topics on the internet. In this observational cross-sectional study, we evaluated the content of the highest indexed Google search results related to migraine management.METHODS: We identified the five most used search terms related to migraine management via Google Trends in the time period 1 January 2004 to 2 October 2019. We entered each search term into Google's search engine and retrieved the search results from the first three pages from each search query. We stratified the recommended treatment options and evaluated the websites using the DISCERN tool.RESULTS: In total, 73 unique websites recommended a total of 77 different migraine treatment options, consisting of 35 (45%) acute and 42 (55%) preventive treatments. For acute treatments, pharmacological options were more frequently recommended (88% of websites), whereas non-pharmacological options were more frequent among preventive treatments (67%). Evaluation of the consumer health information using the DISCERN tool showed that non-governmental organizations had the highest mean total score with 3.8 (±0.19).CONCLUSIONS: Googling when looking for migraine treatments reveals a multitude of management proposals of varying quality. Non-governmental organizations provide the overall highest quality of written consumer health information on migraine treatments among search results. We encourage stakeholders to optimize and distribute high-quality and peer-reviewed information on migraine management.",
keywords = "consumer, headache, health information, internet, Online, patient information",
author = "Rachid Bojazar and Do, {Thien Phu} and Hansen, {Jakob M{\o}ller} and Dodick, {David W} and Messoud Ashina",
year = "2020",
month = dec,
doi = "10.1177/0333102420942241",
language = "English",
volume = "40",
pages = "1633--1644",
journal = "Cephalalgia",
issn = "0333-1024",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd",
number = "14",

}

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Googling migraine

T2 - A study of Google as an information resource of migraine management

AU - Bojazar, Rachid

AU - Do, Thien Phu

AU - Hansen, Jakob Møller

AU - Dodick, David W

AU - Ashina, Messoud

PY - 2020/12

Y1 - 2020/12

N2 - INTRODUCTION: Health information is one of the most frequently searched topics on the internet. In this observational cross-sectional study, we evaluated the content of the highest indexed Google search results related to migraine management.METHODS: We identified the five most used search terms related to migraine management via Google Trends in the time period 1 January 2004 to 2 October 2019. We entered each search term into Google's search engine and retrieved the search results from the first three pages from each search query. We stratified the recommended treatment options and evaluated the websites using the DISCERN tool.RESULTS: In total, 73 unique websites recommended a total of 77 different migraine treatment options, consisting of 35 (45%) acute and 42 (55%) preventive treatments. For acute treatments, pharmacological options were more frequently recommended (88% of websites), whereas non-pharmacological options were more frequent among preventive treatments (67%). Evaluation of the consumer health information using the DISCERN tool showed that non-governmental organizations had the highest mean total score with 3.8 (±0.19).CONCLUSIONS: Googling when looking for migraine treatments reveals a multitude of management proposals of varying quality. Non-governmental organizations provide the overall highest quality of written consumer health information on migraine treatments among search results. We encourage stakeholders to optimize and distribute high-quality and peer-reviewed information on migraine management.

AB - INTRODUCTION: Health information is one of the most frequently searched topics on the internet. In this observational cross-sectional study, we evaluated the content of the highest indexed Google search results related to migraine management.METHODS: We identified the five most used search terms related to migraine management via Google Trends in the time period 1 January 2004 to 2 October 2019. We entered each search term into Google's search engine and retrieved the search results from the first three pages from each search query. We stratified the recommended treatment options and evaluated the websites using the DISCERN tool.RESULTS: In total, 73 unique websites recommended a total of 77 different migraine treatment options, consisting of 35 (45%) acute and 42 (55%) preventive treatments. For acute treatments, pharmacological options were more frequently recommended (88% of websites), whereas non-pharmacological options were more frequent among preventive treatments (67%). Evaluation of the consumer health information using the DISCERN tool showed that non-governmental organizations had the highest mean total score with 3.8 (±0.19).CONCLUSIONS: Googling when looking for migraine treatments reveals a multitude of management proposals of varying quality. Non-governmental organizations provide the overall highest quality of written consumer health information on migraine treatments among search results. We encourage stakeholders to optimize and distribute high-quality and peer-reviewed information on migraine management.

KW - consumer

KW - headache

KW - health information

KW - internet

KW - Online

KW - patient information

U2 - 10.1177/0333102420942241

DO - 10.1177/0333102420942241

M3 - Journal article

C2 - 32703015

VL - 40

SP - 1633

EP - 1644

JO - Cephalalgia

JF - Cephalalgia

SN - 0333-1024

IS - 14

ER -

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