Web-based provision of information on infectious diseases: A systems study

Anjana Roy*, Patty Kostkova, Michael Catchpole, Ewart Carson

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    The National electronic Library for Health (NeLH) is an Internet medical information resources portal, principally for healthcare professionals, within which the National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI) is one of NeLH Specialist Libraries providing evidence on infectious diseases. In this article, we describe a systems-based evaluation of NeLI based on a soft systems methodology. User feedback and other data for the analysis were obtained using online questionnaires. This evaluation, which is a pilot study aimed at demonstrating proof of concept, provided evidence for improving three systems that are crucial to effective NeLI provision. These are navigation of the site, quality and tagging of information provided by NeLI, and information regarding users and their usage of the system. On the basis of a soft systems analysis, an action plan was formulated identifying areas where improvement is needed. Actions for consideration included simplifying terminologies to improve the navigation, enhancing the provision of research assessments, quality tagging NeLI documents, provided by experts in the field, and attracting a broader cross-section of healthcare professional user.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)274-292
    Number of pages19
    JournalHealth Informatics Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


    • Infectious diseases
    • National electronic library for health
    • National electronic library of infection
    • Systems study
    • Web-based information


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