Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 14 | ARTICLE

Title: DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS IN DIABETES: INFORMATION ACCURACY AND QUALITY OF PORTUGUESE WEBSITES

Author: António José Gonçalves Fernandes (toze@ipb.pt)*, Jandira Paula Mandinga Menezes, Sara Patrícia Ferreira de Sá, Vanessa Duarte Vidal, Véronique de Jesus Alves da Silva, Vera Alexandra Ferro Lebres
*António José Gonçalves Fernandes. Concluiu Gestão pela Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro em 2006. É Professor Adjunto no Instituto Politécnico de Bragança
Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 14

Abstract:
To assess the diabetes nutritional information accuracy and quality in Portuguese websites are the objectives of this study.
A cross-sectional, observational and analytical study was conducted. Four independent searches were performed on Google using the Advanced Search tool, selecting the Portuguese language and the Portugal region with combinations of keywords like: diabetes and nutrition; diabetes and food; diabetes and dietetics; diabetes and diet. After applying the exclusion criteria, there were 167 remaining search results, which were assessed using a
checklist containing criteria related to nutritional information for diabetes, based on the American Diabetes Association Guidelines and criteria related to websites quality assessment.
Considering the accuracy of the nutritional information, it was found that Portuguese websites reached an average score of 24.77 points out of 57. Websites’ quality achieved an average score of 4.96 points out of 11. The poor accuracy on nutritional information for Diabetes of Portuguese websites, highlights the importance of supervision and legal regulation, as well as a public health campaign to advise patients to search out to health professionals for an adequate care, in particular to a dietitian for DM dietary recommendations.


Keywords: Diabetes Mellitus, internet, health information, diet





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