Exploring Google search and treatment information

Become a data donor to help explore what quality of information is found when you Google for information about MS and Parkinson's treatments. 

Condition(s)

  • All neurodegenerative conditions & carers
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s & movement disorders

About the project

Most of us have found ourselves using Google to find more information when we have questions about our health. From researching symptoms to learning more about a newly diagnosed illness or condition, Google is a steady companion in our healthcare decision making. But when you Google, do you see the same results and advertisements as your colleagues at work, your family, or your friends? If not, why not? 

This study seeks to measure the quality of results presented within search results and measure the impact of Google's algorithm on the health information presented to Google users like you.

The study involves you completing a short survey and installing a Google Chrome or Firefox plug-in.

The project will be recruiting participants through the Anne Rowling Clinic until March 2020. Although the study is aiming to particularly recruit individuals impacted by Parkinson’s and MS as either primary patients or carers in the UK, US, Canada and Australia, the study is open to ALL individuals.

To take part, simply download the research plugin at: www.eurostemcell.org/datadonation

Funder(s)

University of Edinburgh, EuroStemCell, Algorithm Accountability Lab, Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

Publication(s)

Status

Fully recruited

Contact

Anna Couturier
anna.couturier@ed.ac.uk

Eligibility criteria

Anyone aged between 18 years and 65 years.

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