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The assessment of cyberchondria: Instruments for assessing problematic online health-related research. / Starcevic, Vladan; Berle, David; Arnáez, Sandra; Vismara, Matteo; Fineberg, Naomi.

In: Comprehensive Psychiatry, 30.04.2020.

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title = "The assessment of cyberchondria: Instruments for assessing problematic online health-related research",
abstract = "Purpose of review: Cyberchondria is a problematic, i.e., distressing or anxiety-increasing pattern of online health information seeking. The development of psychometrically sound instruments for the assessment of cyberchondria is imperative for better understanding of this construct. The aim of the present article is to provide a systematic literature review of cyberchondria instruments. Recent findings: Although several measures of cyberchondria have been developed, the Cyberchondria Severity Scale (CSS) has been used most often. The CSS is based on a solid theoretical framework, with very good to excellent reliability and validity. It has been translated into several languages. Modifications of the original version of the CSS have been introduced to refine its conceptual foundation and improve its utility by making it shorter. Summary: Further improvement of the CSS may boost the quality of cyberchondria research. There remains a need to test the theoretical underpinnings of the CSS and consider alternative models of cyberchondria.",
author = "Vladan Starcevic and David Berle and Sandra Arn{\'a}ez and Matteo Vismara and Naomi Fineberg",
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T1 - The assessment of cyberchondria: Instruments for assessing problematic online health-related research

AU - Starcevic, Vladan

AU - Berle, David

AU - Arnáez, Sandra

AU - Vismara, Matteo

AU - Fineberg, Naomi

N1 - © 2020 Springer-Verlag. The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-020-00308-w.

PY - 2020/4/30

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AB - Purpose of review: Cyberchondria is a problematic, i.e., distressing or anxiety-increasing pattern of online health information seeking. The development of psychometrically sound instruments for the assessment of cyberchondria is imperative for better understanding of this construct. The aim of the present article is to provide a systematic literature review of cyberchondria instruments. Recent findings: Although several measures of cyberchondria have been developed, the Cyberchondria Severity Scale (CSS) has been used most often. The CSS is based on a solid theoretical framework, with very good to excellent reliability and validity. It has been translated into several languages. Modifications of the original version of the CSS have been introduced to refine its conceptual foundation and improve its utility by making it shorter. Summary: Further improvement of the CSS may boost the quality of cyberchondria research. There remains a need to test the theoretical underpinnings of the CSS and consider alternative models of cyberchondria.

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