Online physical activity information for people with schizophrenia: has information quality improved?

Paul Gorczynski, James Ramsey, Shanaya Rathod

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Despite multiple physical, mental, and social health benefits, few individuals with schizophrenia are physically active. Research suggests that providing individuals with schizophrenia online information about physical activity can help them understand program options strengthen their self-efficacy to be active and overcome barriers to engaging in regular activity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy, quality, and readability grade level of online physical activity, exercise, and sport information for people with schizophrenia. To find and evaluate relevant websites, this study employed the methodology used by Gorczynski et al. Websites were evaluated for descriptive characteristics, information accuracy, technical quality, theoretical behavioral quality, targeting strategies, and readability. A total of 15 websites were evaluated. Overall, the online information that was evaluated was of poor theoretical behavioral quality, not based on recommended guidelines of physical activity, not tailored for age or gender, and of very high grade reading level. Online information was of worse quality than previously reviewed. Recognized and authoritative health agencies need to take a greater role in delivering high-quality online information on physical activity for people with schizophrenia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1003
JournalSM Schizophrenia Research & Treatment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2018


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