Objective To review published criteria for specifically evaluating health related information on the world wide eb, and to identify areas of consensus.
Design Search of world wide web sites and peer reviewed medical journals for explicit criteria for evaluating health related information on the web, using Medline and Lexis-Nexis databases, and the following internet search engines : Yahoo !
Excite, Altavista, Webcrawler, HotBot, Infoseek, Magellan Internet Guide, and Lycos.
Criteria were extracted and grouped into categories.
Results 29 published rating tools and journal articles were identified that had explicit criteria for assessing health related web sites.
Of the 165 criteria extracted from these tools and articles, 132 (80%) were grouped under one of 12 specific categories and 33 (20%) were grouped as miscellaneous because they lacked specificity or were unique.
The most frequently cited criteria were those dealing with content, design and aesthetics of site, disclosure of authors, sponsors, or developers, currency of information (includes frequency of update, freshness, maintenance of site), authority of source, ease of use, and accessibility and availability.
Conclusions Results suggest that many authors agree on key criteria for evaluating health related web sites, and that efforts to develop consensus criteria may be helpful.
The next step is to identify and assess a clear, simple set of consensus criteria that the general public can understand and use.
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Monde, Critère qualité, Réseau WWW, Communication information, Base donnée, Conférence consensus, Article synthèse, Homme, Evaluation, Information, Organisation santé, Informatique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, World, Quality criterion, World wide web, Information communication, Database, Consensus conference, Review, Human, Evaluation, Information, Public health organization, Computer science
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0168522
Code Inist : 002B28A. Création : 16/11/1999.