Brief report: Development of a prescription medication information webliography for consumers

Yu Ko, Mary Brown, Rowan Frost, Raymond L. Woosley

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BACKGROUND: Websites offering drug information vary in coverage and quality, and most health care consumers are poorly equipped to assess the quality of internet medication information. OBJECTIVE: To establish a webliography of recommended prescription medication information websites for health care consumers and providers. DESIGN AND METHODS: Drug information websites were systematically identified based on recommendations from health professionals and text-word searches of MEDLINE and Google. The resulting sample of websites was evaluated in a 2-step process. Candidate websites were first screened using inclusion/exclusion criteria representing minimum information requirements. Websites that passed the inclusion/exclusion criteria were then rated on 16 quality criteria using a 5-point scale by 3 trained judges. Website ratings were averaged, then multiplied by the corresponding importance weight of each criterion and summed to generate a total score. Websites with the highest total scores were included in the webliography. RESULTS: Ten websites were selected for inclusion in the webliography. The 3 highest-scoring websites were Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (), U.S. National Library of Medicine (), and Healthvision (). CONCLUSION: Medication information websites vary widely in quality and content. The online webliography is a valuable and easily accessed tool that can be recommended by health care professionals to patients who request referral to reliable websites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1313-1316
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Internet
  • Medication information
  • Prescription drug information
  • Webliography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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