Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Using Internet Search Engines to Obtain Medical Information: A Comparative Study

Wang L, J. Wang, M. Wang, Y Li, Y Liang,  and D Xu. "Using Internet Search Engines to Obtain Medical Information: A Comparative Study. " J Med Internet Res 2012;14(3):e74.

From the abstract: "The Internet has become one of the most important means to obtain health and medical information. It is often the first step in checking for basic information about a disease and its treatment. The search results are often useful to general users. Various search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and can play an important role in obtaining medical information for both medical professionals and lay people. However, the usability and effectiveness of various search engines for medical information have not been comprehensively compared and evaluated… Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and are by and large effective search engines for helping lay users get health and medical information. Nevertheless, the current ranking methods have some pitfalls and there is room for improvement to help users get more accurate and useful information. We suggest that search engine users explore multiple search engines to search different types of health information and medical knowledge for their own needs and get a professional consultation if necessary. "

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