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Table 1 Questions about treatments used to assess the included websites

From: Who can you trust? A review of free online sources of “trustworthy” information about treatment effects for patients and the public

Original question Our question Condition Treatment Initial search terms
When should I see a doctor about......a backache? Should I do exercises for my backache? backache exercise • backache
• exercise for backache
• “back pain”
• “back pain” AND exercise
Are the new birth control pills that eliminate your periods really safe? Are period suppressing birth control pills safe? birth control period suppressing birth control pills • period suppressing birth control pills
• period suppressing “birth control pills”
• “oral contraception”
Flu shots—should I or shouldn’t I? Should I get a flu shot? flu flu shots • flu shot
• influenza vaccine
When should I see a doctor about...... muscle and joint pain? Should I get my osteoarthritic knee replaced? osteoarthritis of the knee knee replacement • knee replacement
• surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee
• osteoarthritis AND “knee replacement”
Will vitamin D save my life? Should I really be taking four times the recommended daily dose? Should I take vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis? osteoporosis vitamin D • vitamin D for osteoporosis
• “vitamin D” AND osteoporosis
Will staring at a computer all day make me blind? Should I stop using phone, tablet, computer, and TV screens before going to bed? sleep problems phone, tablet, computer, and TV screens • computers and sleep problems
• screens and sleep problems
• computers AND insomnia
• screens AND insomnia
When should I see a doctor about......a sore throat? Should I take antibiotics for my sore throat? sore throat antibiotics • sore throat
• antibiotics for sore throat
• “sore throat” AND antibiotics
How often do I really need to have my teeth professionally cleaned? How often should I get dental check-ups? tooth decay dental checks • dental checks
• dental check-ups
• routine dental check-ups