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ERIC Number: ED413932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 39
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Survey and Evaluation of Hospital Websites.
Smith, Dawn R.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the World Wide Web is being used by hospitals to facilitate the transfer of information to the public. One hundred ninety-one hospitals chosen from "Profiles of U.S. Hospitals" were selected for a web site survey. Each member of the sample was searched on the World Wide Web in an attempt to locate their web site if one existed. Subsequently, each web site found was evaluated to determine its quality and usefulness; previously published criteria were modified and used to evaluate the web sites. Criteria were grouped under one of three categories: access, design, or content. Statistical analysis showed that 37% of the sample had web sites. The percentage of those with web sites was calculated in each of the three categories of ownership, location, and teaching status of the hospital. Twenty-seven percent of government owned, 13% of investor owned, and 41% of not for profit hospitals had web sites. In the category of location, 33% of rural and 37% of urban hospitals had web sites. Concerning teaching status, 44% of major teaching, 27% of minor teaching, and 32% of non-teaching hospitals had web sites. An analysis of the scores earned by the web sites during evaluation was also reported. The mean score received by the web sites on the entire list of criteria was 75%. The criteria were then analyzed in relation to the categories of access, design, and content. The mean scores for these categories were, access criteria 95%, design criteria 73%, and content criteria 68%. Six tables show percentages and mean scores. The hospital web site search and evaluation criteria survey are appended. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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