In the past years many Internet resources in the medical field have been released. Specialized and generalized journals have developed web sites including the electronic edition of articles; medical associations have launched their web sites where members can find the latest scientific news; web sites such as the Physician Data Query developed by the National Cancer Institute provide information about the ongoing clinical trials and tested therapies. The main problems related to medical resources on the Internet are the difficulty to be traced, the currency, and the quality assurance of their contents. For these reasons we have developed ONCO. CARE, NEURO. CARE and CARDIO. CARE, three web based catalogues including links to the most important resources in oncology, neurology and cardiology available on the Internet (URLs: http: / / www.irfmn.mnegri.it / oncocare, http: / / www.irfmn. mnegri.it / neurocare, http: / / www.irfmn.mnegri.it / cardiocare). A description of the site content is attached to each link to help users in the selection process; resources are grouped into 12 categories including medical journals, medical associations, telemedicine and continuing medical education applications, newsgroups and mailing lists, web sites concerning ongoing clinical trials. The URLs are periodically checked to verify the currency of the link. Links to the main medical search engines (including medline) and to the main indexes on the Internet (including Medical Matrix and OMNI) are also available. A code of conduct was also defined to validate the web sites. It includes content evaluation, author's authority, currency, availability of help on line, access feasibility.
|Translated title of the contribution||ONCO. CARE, NEURO. CARE and CARDIO.CARE: Development of three electronic catalogues for oncology, neurology and cardiology on internet|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Ricerca e Pratica|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
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