Journal article

Designing Health Websites Based on Users' Web-Based Information-Seeking Behaviors: A Mixed-Method Observational Study

Patrick Cheong-Iao Pang, Shanton Chang, Karin Verspoor, Jon Pearce

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Laypeople increasingly use the Internet as a source of health information, but finding and discovering the right information remains problematic. These issues are partially due to the mismatch between the design of consumer health websites and the needs of health information seekers, particularly the lack of support for "exploring" health information. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this research was to create a design for consumer health websites by supporting different health information-seeking behaviors. We created a website called Better Health Explorer with the new design. Through the evaluation of this new design, we derive design implications for future implementations. METHODS: Be..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors appreciate the data and support from the Department of Health and Human Services of the Victorian State Government. PP is supported by NICTA. NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence program. In addition, they would like to thank the reviewers for their insightful comments.