Journal Article

A World Wide Web Guide to Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Georgios Pappas, Photini Papadimitriou, Konstantinos E. Kontogiannis and Matthew E. Falagas

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 56, issue 4, pages 265-269
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmp112
A World Wide Web Guide to Pediatric Infectious Diseases

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Pediatric infectious disease is a subspecialty constantly evolving in terms of scientific information. A novel means of attaining medical information that has emerged in recent years is the World Wide Web (WWW). The authors sought to assess availability and content of sites offering information on pediatric infectious diseases in the WWW. Websites chosen by two authors were evaluated by a specialist in pediatrics and a specialist in infectious diseases, and a representative list was constructed. A sub-search was performed for immunization-related websites. Websites from national and international institutions focusing on pediatrics in general or pediatric infectious diseases in particular offer ample information for health professionals and parents/public. There is an over-representation of vaccination-related material in the WWW, whereas no sites related to bioterrorism and children were considered as significant for inclusion during the process. Free access to related research remains a controversial issue.

Keywords: pediatric infectious diseases; resources; World Wide Web

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Subjects: Paediatrics

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