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J Korean Surg Soc. 2003 Jan;64(1):1-5. Korean. Original Article.
Chang MC , Kim CD , Roh HR , Chae GB , Choi WJ .
Department of Surgery, Kangwon National University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.

PURPOSE: Recent advances in the internet have enabled us to search for large amounts of medical information. In Korea there are many websites providing medical information, but the quality and quantity of these websites relating to surgery remains to be clarified. Therefore, through the analysis of the surgical websites in Korea, the characteristics and future directions are presented. METHODS: Two hundred and thirteen websites were retrieved using three search engines: Yahoo, Lycos and Naver. We reviewed these websites, and they were classified according to their administrator, subject and content. We also recorded the presence or absence of e-mail addresses, the section on medical counseling and internet reservation. RESULTS: One hundred and sixty-eight websites (78.9%) were administrated by the local clinics. In relation to the main subjects, 94.4% of websites targeted the general public. The main contents of the websites were colorectal and anal disease (83.1%). Of the 168 websites administrated by local clinics, online medical counseling was available in 142 (84.5%) and internet reservation was possible in 39 (23.2%). Most of the local clinics' websites were located in urban area. CONCLUSION: Our study showed surgical websites were led by local clinics, which specialized in colorectal and anal disease. It is emphasized that efforts to informationalization are needed by medical schools, affiliated hospitals and medical associations, and the guidelines enabling validity of medical counseling should be put in place.

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