What factors impact consumer perception of the effectiveness of health information sites? An investigation of the Korean national health information portal

Ji-Tae Choung, Yoon Seong Lee, Heui Sug Jo, Minsun Shim, Hun Jae Lee, Su Mi Jung

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Lay public's concerns around health and health information are increasing. In response, governments and government agencies are establishing websites to address such concerns and improve health literacy by providing better access to validated health information. Since 2011, the Korean government has constructed the National Health Information Portal (NHIP) website run in collaboration with the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences (KAMS). This study therefore aimed to 1) examine consumer use of NHIP, with respect to the usage patterns, evaluation on health information provided, and perceived effectiveness of the site; and 2) identify factors that may impact perceived effectiveness of the site. An online survey was conducted with 164 NHIP users, recruited through a popup window on the main screen of the portal website from October to November 2015. The significant predicting factors supported by the data include the relevance of health information on the site, the usefulness of information in making health decisions, and the effective visualization of information. These factors can inform future efforts to design more effective health information websites, possibly based on metadata systems, to further advance the lay public's information seeking and health literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1077-1082
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 1



  • Consumer
  • Health information
  • Health literacy
  • Internet
  • Metadata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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