İnternet ortamındaki ortodontik bilgilerin doğruluğunun farklı ölçüm araçlarıyla değerlendirilmesi / Evaluating the accuracy of information about orthodontics avaible on internet using different measurement instruments
AdvisorYRD. DOÇ. DR. BERZA YILMAZ
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Besides it is common use for communication purposes internet is also a comprehensive encyclopedic source of information. Health sites on internet are frequently considered as source of information. However, information pollution on the internet can sometimes mislead users. The aim of this thesis is to compare the websites providing information about orthodontic terms in Turkish and in English in matter of quality, accessibility, and usability, to determine the deficient parts of them and to create a guide of content for the sites to be established in the future. In this study, the specific orthodontic terms in Turkish and in English were searched using the Google (Google Inc., Mountain View, CA, ABD) search engine. These terms include; 'orthodontic treatment', 'orthognathic surgery', 'orthodontic appliances', 'orthodontic braces' and 'orthodontic elastics'. Based on the search results 50 sites (25 in Turkish and 25 in English) were selected for each term. The advertisement sites, duplicate websites and public discussion forums were excluded out of the study. Three different measurement tools were used for data evaluation; DISCERN was used to evaluate the quality of orthodontic information, LIDA was used for evaluating the accessibility, the design and reliability of the websites, and AChecker was used to determine the access errors of the websites. The collected data was evaluated between Turkish and in English term groups using Mann-Whitney U test, also Friedman and Wilcoxon Signed Ranks were used for group in evaluation. As a result, statistically significant differences were observed in terms of the quality of orthodontic information in sites both in Turkish and in English, in terms of reliability only in sites in English and in terms of access errors both in Turkish and in English sites. It has been concluded that most of the sites providing information about orthodontics are below the standards determined by the selected measurement tools.