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Table 1 Frequency distribution of parameter items assessed for 29 Hebrew-language websites regarding information about OC

From: Quality of online health information about oral contraceptives from Hebrew-language websites

Accuracy/Completeness Inaccurate information (%) Information not presented (%) Information partially presented (%) Information accurate and complete (%)
OC efficacy 4 (13.8)  8 (27.6)  2 (6.9) 15 (51.7)
OC effectiveness 0 20 (69.0)  2 (6.9)  7 (24.1)
OC safety 0 12 (41.4)  0 17 (58.6)
Reversibility of OC 1 (3.4)  7 (24.1)  0 21 (72.4)
Indication to use OC daily 0  3 (10.3)  1 (3.4) 25 (86.2)
Indication that OC not protective against STIs 0 12 (41.4)  0 17 (58.6)
Side effects described 0  9 (31.0)  5 (17.2) 15 (51.7)
Instructs to take a pill daily until pack is finished; when to re-start use 0  6 (20.7)  2 (6.9) 21 (72.4)
When to take missed pill 1 (3.4) 12 (41.4)  2 (6.9) 14 (48.3)
Back-up method recommended during initial OC use 0  21(72.4)  2 (6.9)  6 (20.7)
Back-up method recommended if missing a pill 2 (6.9) 14 (48.3)  0 13 (44.8)
Back-up method recommended if late starting a new pack 21 (72.4)  0  2 (6.9)  6 (20.7)
Back-up method recommended in case of diarrhea or severe vomiting 0 18 (62.1)  2 (6.9)  9 (31.0)
Credibility Parameter absent (%) Parameter partially addressed (%) Parameter fully addressed (%)  
Authorship disclosed 10 (34.5)  8 (27.6) 11 (37.9)  
Authorship expertise on the subject 12 (41.4)  3 (10.3) 14 (48.3)  
Authorship qualifications stated 10 (34.5)  2 (10.3) 17 (58.6)  
OHI reflects author’s opinion only 12 (41.4)  1 (3.4) 16 (55.2)  
OHI does not replace health professional advice 8 (27.6)  2 (6.9) 19 (65.5)  
Website purpose and intended audience stated 8 (27.6)  0 21 (72.4)  
Information about organization behind the website presented 11 (37.9)  0 18 (62.1)  
Privacy policy declared 13 (44.8)  1 (3.4) 15 (51.7)  
Date of creation and last modification 18 (62.1)  0 11 (37.9)  
Sources of health content cited 23 (79.3)  3 (10.3)  3 (10.3)  
OHI describes/refers to scientific evidence 18 (62.1)  4 (13.8)  7 (24.1)  
Several alternatives/treatments described 5 (17.2)  2 (6.9) 22 (75.9)  
Webmaster contact information available 1 (3.4)  0 28 (96.6)  
Sources of funding declared 17 (58.6)  0 12 (41.4)  
Usability Parameter absent (%) Parameter partially addressed (%) Parameter fully addressed (%)  
Clear and legible layout of information 0  1 (3.4) 28 (96.6)  
Audience appropriate content 1 (3.4)  3 (10.3) 25 (86.2)  
Easy to identify links and buttons 0  0 29 (100)  
Links and buttons indicate where they lead 0  1 (3.4) 28 (96.6)  
Navigation clear and well structured 2 (6.9)  1 (3.4) 26 (89.7)  
Easy to find needed information 1 (3.4)  4 (13.8) 24 (82.8)  
Consistent function of navigational links 0  5 (17.2) 24 (82.8)  
Easy to return to homepage 0  0 29 (100)  
Easy to determine current location in the site 9 (31.0)  2 (6.9) 18 (62.1)  
Consistent site structure (categories or organization of pages) 1 (3.4)  4 (13.8) 24 (82.8)  
Consistent website design 4 (13.8)  0 25 (86.2)