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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Connell School Junior Wins First Prize for Research Poster

Jen's research focused on the internet and user-friendly anonymous means of retrieving health information.

Jen Engel Jen Engel, Connell School Junior and Undergradtuate Research Fellow, wins first prize for the Student Poster Award at the 21st Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, in Kissimmee, FL (Oct 3-6, 2007).

Jen's research focused on the internet and user-friendly anonymous means of retrieving health information. An abstract of her poster is as follows:

Problem: The lack of quality control leaves consumers vulnerable to inaccurate information.  For example, an initial search of a well – used internet search engine (Google.com) exhibited 3,860,000 hits when using the terms: “eating + disorders.”

Methods: This study is examining site accessibility, content quality, and potential source biases of informational eating disorder websites, using four search engines and seven search terms.  A total of 140 sites (those yielding the most hits for each engine) are reviewed.  Each site is categorized and assessed based on the following criteria: topics covered, origin, author, for-profit or not-for-profit, and target audience.

Findings: Data collection is in progress.

Implications: Study results will provide needed information on the quality of consumer websites specific to eating disorders with recommendations for patient resources.