J Korean Med Sci.  2017 Jul;32(7):1077-1082. 10.3346/jkms.2017.32.7.1077.

What Factors Impact Consumer Perception of the Effectiveness of Health Information Sites? An Investigation of the Korean National Health Information Portal

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Forensic Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Health Policy and Management, Kangwon National University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea. joheuisug@gmail.com
  • 4Department of Communication and Information, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.
  • 5Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.


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.


Metadata; Health Literacy; Health Information; Consumer; Internet

MeSH Terms

Cooperative Behavior
Government Agencies
Health Literacy
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