The Internet is becoming a part of everyday life around the globe and its presence is extending into medicine as well. To assess the reliability of health care information on the world wide web and therefore how it may help lay people cope with common health problems, a systematic search of parent- oriented web pages relating to the home management of feverish children was performed. Two search engines, Yahoo and Excite, were used to locate the relevant documents. A checklist was prepared to gather basic information on the web sites and more specific items relating to the home management of fever Forty-one web pages were computer-retrieved and considered in the analysis. The results showed a wide variety in both the type of information the web documents contained and the quality with which that information was organised and presented. Only a few web pages gave the same main guidelines as those chosen as the standard. Web resources can be useful to parents looking for information on common health problems, but advice obtained from the Internet should not be a substitute for routine care by one's physician. Moreover, the expansion of public-oriented health care information on the Internet should not draw resources away from other communication media.
|Translated title of the contribution||Reability of public-oriented health care resources in the World Wide Webb: The case of the home management of fever in children|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Ricerca e Pratica|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
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