Initial Evaluation of EmSe

EmSe: Initial Evaluation of a Child-friendly Medical Search System

by PuppyIR

When undergoing medical treatment in combination with extended stays in hospitals, children have been frequently found to develop an interest in their condition and the course of treatment. PuppyIR A natural means of searching for related information would be to use a web search engine. The medical domain, however, imposes several key challenges on young and inexperienced searchers, such as difficult terminology, potentially frightening topics or non-objective information offered by lobbyists or pharmaceutical companies. To address these problems, we present the design and usability study of EmSe, a search service for children in a hospital environment.

The paper will be presented at the fourth Information Interaction in Context Symposium, IIiX 2012 on August 21-24, 2012 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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