Development and assessment of a website presenting evidence-based information for people with multiple sclerosis: the IN-DEEP project Academic Article uri icon


  • People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are increasingly using the Internet in the daily management of their condition. They search for high-quality information in plain language, from independent sources, based on reliable and up-to-date evidence. The Integrating and Deriving Evidence, Experiences and Preferences (IN-DEEP) project in Italy and Australia aimed to provide people with MS and family members with an online source of evidence-based information, starting from their information needs. This paper reports on the Italian project's website.Contents, layout and wording were developed with people with MS and pilot-tested. The website was evaluated using an online 29-item questionnaire for ease of language, contents, navigation, and usefulness of information aimed at people with MS, family members and the general population.The website ( is structured in multiple levels of information. The first topic was interferons-β for people with relapsing-remitting MS. In all, 433 people responded to the survey (276 people with MS, 68 family members and 89 others). The mean age was 45 years, almost 90% had a high school diploma, about 80% had relapsing-remitting MS, and the median disease duration was seven years. About 90% judged the website clear, understandable, useful, and easy to navigate. Ninety percent of people with MS and family members would recommend it to others. Sixty-two percent reported they felt confident in making decisions on interferons-β after reading the website.The model was judged clear and useful. It could be adapted to other topics and diseases. Clinicians may find it useful in their relationship with patients.


  • Colombo, C
  • Filippini, G
  • Synnot, A
  • Hill, S
  • Guglielmino, R
  • Traversa, S
  • Confalonieri, P
  • Mosconi, P
  • Tramacere, I

publication date

  • 2016