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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2003;27(5):790-794.
Analysis of the Accessibility and Quality of Information of Arthritis-Related Internet Web Sites in Korea.
Choi, Jong Woo , Yoon, Joon Shik , Kim, Sei Joo
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine Korea University, Korea. eukrasie@hanmail.net
한국의 관절염 관련 인터넷 사이트의 접근성과 제공되는 정보의 질 평가
최종우, 윤준식, 김세주
고려대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실
Abstract
Objective
The purposes of this study were to evaluate the accessibility of the arthritis-related web sites and the quality of the information contained in the sites.


Method
To assess the status of arthritis-related information on the internet sites in Korea, we searched for Korean words which meant and were related with 'arthritis' using the 10 most famous Korean internet search engines. Identified internet site were assessed regarding the quality of content, authorship, design, and functionality.


Results
The number of identified web sites ranged from 24 to 214. The average search yielded around 83 web sites listing for 'arthritis'. The number of web sites listed for 'arthritis' was as many as that for 'hypertension', 'diabetes', 'cancer' or 'hepatitis and hepatoma'. The frequency of appearance in a search did not correlate well with the quality of associated web sites.


Conclusion
The quality of arthritis-related web sites in Korea varied. It is essential to develop a high quality information supplying web sites and to set up an evaluation tool for qualifying the medical information on internet.

Key Words: Internet, Information, Web sites, Arthritis, Korea
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