Purpose: To assess frequently asked questions (FAQs) about mobility devices among older adults.
Materials and methods: We searched multiple terms on Google to find FAQs. Rothwell’s classification, JAMA benchmark criteria, and Brief DISCERN were used to categorize and assess each entry.
Results: Our search yielded 224 unique combinations of questions and linked answer sources. Viewing questions alone resulted in 214 unique FAQs, with the majority seeking factual information (130/214, 60.7%). Viewing website sources alone resulted in 175 unique answer sources, most of which were retail commercial sites (68/175, 38.9%) followed by non-retail commercial sites (65/175, 37.1%). Statistical analysis showed a significant difference between the JAMA benchmark scores by source type (p < 0.00010) and Brief DISCERN scores by source type (p = 0.0001).
Discussion: Our findings suggest government, academic, and possibly non-retail commercial sources may provide better quality information about the use of mobility devices. We recommend medical providers be prepared to promote and provide quality resources on the risks, benefits, and proper techniques for using mobility devices.
- Mobility aids
- Walking canes