publication . Article . 2011

Can Online Consumers Contribute to Drug Knowledge? A Mixed-Methods Comparison of Consumer-Generated and Professionally Controlled Psychotropic Medication Information on the Internet

Shannon Hughes; David Cohen;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jul 2011 Journal: Journal of Medical Internet Research, volume 13, issue 3 (eissn: 1438-8871, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach
Abstract
Background: Ongoing initiatives to filter online health searches exclude consumer-generated content from search returns, though its inferiority compared with professionally controlled content is not demonstrated. The antidepressant escitalopram and the antipsychotic quetiapine have ranked over the last 5 years as top-selling agents in their respective drug classes. Both drugs have various off-label mental health and non–mental health uses, ranging from the relief of insomnia and migraines to the treatment of severe developmental disorders. Objective: Our objective was to describe the most frequently reported effects of escitalopram and quetiapine in online consu...
Subjects
free text keywords: Original Paper, Psychotropic drugs, mental health, consumer health information, Internet, pharmacoepidemiology, drug monitoring, product surveillance, postmarketing, Health Informatics, The Internet, business.industry, business, Suicidal ideation, medicine.symptom, medicine, Psychiatry, medicine.medical_specialty, Adverse effect, Quetiapine, medicine.drug, Escitalopram, Usability
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publication . Article . 2011

Can Online Consumers Contribute to Drug Knowledge? A Mixed-Methods Comparison of Consumer-Generated and Professionally Controlled Psychotropic Medication Information on the Internet

Shannon Hughes; David Cohen;