A smartphone-optimized web site for conveniently viewing otolaryngology journal abstracts

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Dec;151(6):972-5. doi: 10.1177/0194599814551932. Epub 2014 Sep 30.


Access to the medical literature has not kept pace with the mobile revolution. We aimed to (1) gauge interest in a smartphone-optimized Web site for conveniently accessing otolaryngology literature and (2) create an easy-to-access and convenient Web site that displays otolaryngology journal abstracts in a format optimized for smartphones. A survey was sent to physicians of a major US academic otolaryngology-head and neck surgery department. Demographics, literature-browsing habits, and barriers to staying updated were assessed. The response rate was 87%. Ninety-one percent of respondents used a smartphone, and 85% wished they could stay more up to date with the otolaryngology literature. Most respondents believed a convenient smartphone-optimized Web site could help them achieve this goal. A Web site was then developed in collaboration with a university creative department as a proof of concept. The site uses a simple RSS aggregator to display journal abstracts formatted for smartphone-sized screens (www.otosurg.com).

Keywords: RSS; Web site; abstract; app; literature; mobile; otolaryngology—head and neck surgery; smartphone.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Phone / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods*
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Otolaryngology*
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Surveys and Questionnaires