Getting patients to the right healthcare sources: from real-world questions to strategy hubs.

Suresh K. Bhavnani, Christopher K. Bichakjian, Jennifer L. Schwartz, Victor J. Strecher, Rodney L. Dunn, Timothy M. Johnson, Xiabo Lu

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To address the growing problem of novices accessing incomplete and unreliable information on the Web, this paper begins by probing the nature of strategic knowledge known by expert healthcare searchers. The analysis reveals the existence of a strategy that is focused to a specific type of healthcare question. To investigate whether there exist other similar strategies, we conduct two pilot studies. The first leads to the development of a taxonomy for skin cancer questions based on real-world questions. This taxonomy has high inter-rater agreement when tested with new real-world questions. The second pilot helps to identify 6 strategies that are specific to question types in the taxonomy. We demonstrate how these strategies can be made available to a wide range of users through a prototypical system referred to as a Strategy Portal. In conclusion, we briefly describe our current and future research to test if such a system can make patients more effective and efficient in the retrieval of reliable and relevant healthcare information on the Web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-55
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings / AMIA ... Annual Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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