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Evaluation of Patient Information Texts About Bruxism on The Internet in Terms of Readability and Content
  • Doğan Kaya,
  • Sena Tolu
Doğan Kaya
Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey Üniversitesi

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Sena Tolu
Istanbul Medipol University
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Abstract

Aim: Bruxism is a common health problem in society. The treatment method to be preferred should be determined by the decision of the patient and the physician together. Individuals’ knowledge of the course of the disease, symptoms, and treatment options will contribute to the treatment process. There are many websites on the Internet that can guide patients about health and illness. The aim of this study is to evaluate the patient information texts about bruxism on web sites in terms of content and readability. Methods: Websites reached in a search using the keyword “Bruxism” on Google were evaluated in terms of readability and content. The readability assessment was classified according to the level of education. Text content accuracy was also evaluated according to information level separately. Results: Forty-four of the 100 websites examined were included in the study. Average grade level is 11.41 ± 0.82. The readability level of 79% (n = 35) of the 44 texts examined is at a difficult level. It is seen that the definition and etiology of the disease are mentioned in 68% (n = 30) of the texts examined in the study. Conclusion: Although the content of the English texts prepared to inform patients about bruxism on the Internet is sufficient, it has been found that the readability level is low.