Surfing for health: user evaluation of a health information website. Part one: Background and literature review

Health Info Libr J. 2002 Jun;19(2):98-108. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-1842.2002.00374_2.x.


The Government in Britain is set on using the Internet to expand the provision of health information to the general public. Concerns over the quality of the health information have preoccupied commentators and organizations rather than the way users interact with health information systems. This report examines the issues surrounding the provision of electronic health information, and describes an evaluation undertaken of a commercial health website-that of Surgerydoor (, and comprises two parts. Part one outlines the literature on electronic health information evaluation. It discusses quality issues, but also redresses the imbalance by exploring other evaluative perspectives. Part two describes an evaluation of a health information Internet site in terms of its usability and appeal, undertaken as part of a Department of Health funded study on the impact of such systems.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Data Collection
  • Health Education / standards*
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Internet / standards*
  • Quality Control
  • United Kingdom