Attended Medicine 2.0'10 (Maastricht, NL)
Attended Medicine 2.0'13 (London, UK)
Medicine 2.0'10 (Maastricht, NL)
Background: Due to the tremendous growth of informational-communicational technologies (ICT) applications in healthcare and constantly increasing patients demand for illness-related information and support, there is a need for the healthcare stakeholders to understand and use the modern tools for the patients’ benefit. Taking into account that each region varies one from each other culturally (including language barrier) and economically (including digital divide issue) it is necessary to d...
Medicine 2.0'12 (Boston, USA)
Intelligent Information Access Techniques for on-line Health Information Search: a Survey of Non-Physicians
Objective: In on-line health information search, the need for Intelligent Information Access (IIA) techniques is particularly strong because the available information varies widely on the level of quality, trustworthiness, and readability. On-going research has been showing poor quality and low relevance of the search results using popular search engines for a range of health conditions, often not suitable for a person without health science background. The aim of the study was to identify ...
Medicine 2.0'13 (London, UK)
Chronic Pain Patients' Use of Online Health Information: a Cross-Sectional Study
Background: Internet is extensively used to search for health information. While general data is available, little is known about how patients with chronic pain use Internet with respect to their condition and to medication intake. This study addresses these questions. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted from July to December 2012. A questionnaire investigating various aspects of Internet use as well as of pain-related issues was given to the patients referred to Multidisciplinar...
Domain-Specific or General Search Engines: Which Results Do Users Prefer?
Background: The most popular way to access online health information is via search engines. Most end-users tend to use general search engines (GSO). However, numerous studies have demonstrated a suboptimal quality of such search results with respect to health queries. On the other hand, search engines specialized for the health domain (HSO), which offer a manually selected pool of resources checked for a certain level of quality and transparency, tend to provide search results of better qu...
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