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Internet Resources of Consumer Health Information Studies

By Yu-Tzuon Chou and Chine-Yu Lin


Health and medical care has always been an important issue. Recently, there has been a rapid increase in consumer health awareness. Therefore, Consumer Health Information has been vastlyemphasized, which results in the development of associated websites. According to an investigation in Taiwan, there are 1,820 different health and medical related websites in 2002. However, due to the lack of regulations, some of these websites’ information contents may be faulty and may confuse users or potentially be harmful. The purpose of this article is to advise consumers how to differentiate between correct and incorrect information in the Health Information websites. The present study analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of some Taiwan’s consumer health websites by comparing their structures, contents and other information with those provided by "the Top Ten Most Useful Health Information Websites" of the USA. [Article content in Chinese

Topics: Consumer Health Information, Internet Resources, Consumer Health Information Website, Website Evaluation, Bibliography. Library science. Information resources, Z, DOAJ:Library and Information Science, DOAJ:Social Sciences
Publisher: National Taiwan University
Year: 2004
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