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Research Letter
June 10, 2020

Multilingual Analysis of the Quality and Readability of Online Health Information on the Adverse Effects of Breast Cancer Treatments

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Rochester, Monroe County, New York
  • 2Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 3Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Departments of Medicine and Medical Education, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 5Department of Internal Medicine, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 6Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. Published online June 10, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1668

Despite many breast cancer (BC) survivors turning to the internet for online health information (OHI)1 and the American Medical Association recommending OHI written at the sixth-grade reading level to increase accessibility,2 OHI quality and readability are variable.1 Inaccurate or overly complex OHI can negatively affect patients’ care-seeking and treatment decisions.1 As adverse effects constitute common online queries,1 we assessed the quality and readability of OHI that patients may encounter when seeking information on adverse effects of BC treatment.

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