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Homepages of German medical faculties--an overview.

Kuhnigk O, Tiller D, Harendza S, Hampe W - GMS Z Med Ausbild (2012)

Bottom Line: Structure, content and extent were compared.The best homepage reached 80%, the worst only 26% of the achievable points.The results allow faculties to use the criteria to adjust their websites with regard to addressing the relevant target groups of students, applicants, lecturers and alumni comprehensively.

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Affiliation: Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Prodekanat für Lehre, Hamburg, Deutschland. o.kuhnigk@uke.de

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The Internet represents a central communication medium for patients and physicians. Some national information is available regarding the design of physicians' homepages and patient requirements regarding homepages of physicians in private practice. To date, no data are available for homepages of medical faculties and their users' needs.

Methods: In 2008 the homepages of the 36 German medical faculties were analyzed according to a catalogue of 128 criteria assigned to five domains which had been developed from the literature. Structure, content and extent were compared.

Results: The homepages covered the criteria to a very different extent. The best homepage reached 80%, the worst only 26% of the achievable points. The mean was slightly above 50% . Faculties addressed mainly applicants and students as their target groups, less frequently lecturers and alumni.

Conclusion: This study shows differences in quality and quantity of the "teaching section" on websites of medical faculties. The results allow faculties to use the criteria to adjust their websites with regard to addressing the relevant target groups of students, applicants, lecturers and alumni comprehensively.

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Mentions: There were no problems with regard to the display of the universities’ websites in different Web browsers, nor was there any difficulty in printing out the Web pages (see table 2 (Tab. 2)). All schools facilitated navigation by links to higher-level pages; the majority featured a search function, which, however, often did not deliver results to study-relevant terms and definitions (clinical elective, post-doc thesis, State Examination Board, doctorate, tuition).


Homepages of German medical faculties--an overview.

Kuhnigk O, Tiller D, Harendza S, Hampe W - GMS Z Med Ausbild (2012)

Criteria-based results of the 36 medical schools
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
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T2: Criteria-based results of the 36 medical schools
Mentions: There were no problems with regard to the display of the universities’ websites in different Web browsers, nor was there any difficulty in printing out the Web pages (see table 2 (Tab. 2)). All schools facilitated navigation by links to higher-level pages; the majority featured a search function, which, however, often did not deliver results to study-relevant terms and definitions (clinical elective, post-doc thesis, State Examination Board, doctorate, tuition).

Bottom Line: Structure, content and extent were compared.The best homepage reached 80%, the worst only 26% of the achievable points.The results allow faculties to use the criteria to adjust their websites with regard to addressing the relevant target groups of students, applicants, lecturers and alumni comprehensively.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Prodekanat für Lehre, Hamburg, Deutschland. o.kuhnigk@uke.de

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The Internet represents a central communication medium for patients and physicians. Some national information is available regarding the design of physicians' homepages and patient requirements regarding homepages of physicians in private practice. To date, no data are available for homepages of medical faculties and their users' needs.

Methods: In 2008 the homepages of the 36 German medical faculties were analyzed according to a catalogue of 128 criteria assigned to five domains which had been developed from the literature. Structure, content and extent were compared.

Results: The homepages covered the criteria to a very different extent. The best homepage reached 80%, the worst only 26% of the achievable points. The mean was slightly above 50% . Faculties addressed mainly applicants and students as their target groups, less frequently lecturers and alumni.

Conclusion: This study shows differences in quality and quantity of the "teaching section" on websites of medical faculties. The results allow faculties to use the criteria to adjust their websites with regard to addressing the relevant target groups of students, applicants, lecturers and alumni comprehensively.

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