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  1. Rating health Information on the Internet : Navigating to knowledge or to babel ?

    Article - En anglais

    Context. - The rapid growth of the Internet has triggered an information revolution of unprecedented magnitude.

    Despite its obvious benefits, the increase in the availability of information could also result in many potentially harmful effects on both consumers and health professionals who do not use it appropriately.


    - To identify instruments used to rate Web sites providing health information on the Internet, rate criteria used by them, establish the degree of validation of the instruments, and provide future directions for research in this area.

    Data Sources

    - MEDLINE (1966-1997), CINHAL (1982-1997), HEALTH (1975-1997), Information Science Abstracts (1966 to September 1995), Library and Information Science Abstracts (1969-1995), and Library Literature (1984-1996) ; the search engines Lycos, Excite, Open Text, Yahoo, HotBot, Infoseek, and Magellan ; Internet discussion lists ; meeting proceedings ; multiple Web pages ; and reference lists.

    Instrument Selection

    - Instruments used at least once to rate the quality of Web sites providing health information with their rating criteria available on the Internet.

    Data Extraction

    - The name of the developing organization, Internet address, rating criteria, information on the development of the instrument, number and background of people generating the assessments, and data on the validity and reliability of the measurements.

    Data Synthesis

    - A total of 47 rating instruments were identified. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Internet, Communication information, Stratégie, Santé, Critère sélection, Facteur qualité, Base donnée répartie, Homme, Informatique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Internet, Information communication, Strategy, Health, Selection criterion, Q factor, Distributed database, Human, Computer science

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0144901

    Code Inist : 002B28G. Création : 21/07/1998.