This moderated web portal provides a starting point for undergraduate students of health sciences to gain a general overview of key concepts in the identification & management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) from a consumer perspective. Complies with HON principles.
Type of Material:
The site is a web page, multiple web 2.0 technologies (blogs, online information sharing, etc.)
Useful for in class discussion of an example of a well constructed consumer advocacy site.
Individual reference to gain an overview of key concepts in IBS in plain English.
It may be used for patient teaching because the tool is recommended for persons who have been diagnosed with or who think they may have irritable bowel syndrome, individuals with loved ones who have irritable bowel syndrome, and anyone wishing to gain a greater understanding of irritable bowel syndrome, especially from a patient's view point.
Accessed with Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13 & Firefox 5.0
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The student will learn about common symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.
The student will learn about current consumer perceptions and concerns relating to living with IBS.
Target Student Population:
The target population is upper level high school through college students may find the information presented useful. This site is especially useful for students who have been diagnosed with or who think they may have irritable bowel syndrome, and students with loved ones who have irritable bowel syndrome.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No prerequisite knowledge is required.
Comprehensive approach to disease. Information accurate – moderated by Medical Board. The sources acknowledged. Evidences client perspectives and concerns well. It is certified by the HONCode.
Contains overt advertising. Conflicts of interest may possibly arise if site visitors or administrators feel uncomfortable posting negative comments or information about those providing advertising. Not academically referenced. Information of a general nature not academically rigorous.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Concepts very clearly explained in plain English. Personal stories could form basis of reflective studies. Wide diversity of potential impacts of IBS presented on one site with links to evidenced based online resources.
As an online support group, this site seems very effective. The illness is not stigmatized on the site, and it appears that users are confident and comfortable in posting comments and information. In addition, the non-face-to-face aspect of the site as well as the peer group set up of community forums provide individuals who may feel uncomfortable seeking information or support in person a method of receiving support and guidance.
Lacks direction to guide student learning. No native opportunities for students to assess learning.
In that much of the information provided on the site comes from individuals who have the syndrome rather than health care professionals skilled in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the credibility of the information presented may come into question. Also, personal experiences may skew the views of individuals and those individuals may present information in a biased manner. Research articles, etc. are also not clearly cited and it is difficult to learn the originating source of research information presented.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Pages load quickly. Clear primary navigation. Good use of in text hyperlinks
Links to external websites without informing user before hand. Cluttered appearance with advertising. Confusing page layout.
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