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Table 5 Number of apps in each category complying with HONcode principles

From: Suicide prevention and depression apps’ suicide risk assessment and management: a systematic assessment of adherence to clinical guidelines

HONcode principlesDM
(n = 20)
DM and SP
(n = 3)
SP
(n = 46)
Total
(n = 69)
p*
Authoritative: qualifications of the authors are indicated8 (40%)2 (67%)3 (7%)13 (19%)<  0.001
Complementarity: information should support, not replace, the doctor-patient relationship9 (45%)2 (67%)19 (41%)30 (43%)0.688
Privacy: respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal data submitted by the user14 (70%)3 (100%)27 (59%)44 (64%)0.327
Attribution: cite the source(s) of published information, date medical, and health pages4 (20%)6 (13%)10 (14%)0.675
Justifiability: site must back up claims relating to benefits and performance8 (40%)8 (12%)<  0.001
Transparency: accurate email contact20 (100%)3 (100%)43 (93%)66 (96%)0.605
Financial disclosure: identify funding sources14 (70%)3 (100%)34 (74%)51 (74%)0.713
Advertising policy: clearly distinguish advertising from editorial content There was no advertisements in the assessed apps
  1. DM depression management, SP suicide prevention; *In italics, statistically significant p values (< 0.05)