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Title: System Design for Health Information Search
Authors: Zarro, Michael
Keywords: Medical informatics;metadata
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2011
Publisher: Drexel University. College of Information Science and Technology.
Abstract: Health information consumers today take a leading role in managing wellness, treatment, and care for themselves and others. Recent studies report that 80% of US adults online have looked for health-related information on the Web, and a majority access user-generated content. Traditional information gatekeepers, like doctors and hospitals, have been partially replaced with social media websites and other Internet resources. As technology advances and consumer information behaviors change, new systems should emerge to assist health information seekers. This poster describes a prototype health information guided search system enhanced with expert-created and user-generated meta-data. The study is intended to further the understanding of guided search for health information seekers, and compare meta-data contributions of expert indexers to those of the untrained public. Evaluation of the interface with 10 laypersons and 7 medically-trained participants found the guided search features useful and desirable for both groups. Early results suggest expert-created meta-data can guide users of the system to relevant results retrieved from a general search engine.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3710
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