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Title:Analyzing information seeking and drug-safety alert response by health care professionals as ew methods for surveillance
Authors:Callahan, Alison (Author)
Pernek, Igor (Author)
Štiglic, Gregor (Author)
Leskovec, Jurij (Author)
Strasberg, Howard (Author)
Shah, Nigam Haresh (Author)
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URL http://www.jmir.org/2015/8/e204/
Work type:Scientific work (r2)
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FZV - Faculty of Health Sciences
Abstract:Background: Patterns in general consumer online search logs have been used to monitor health conditions and to predict health-related activities, but the multiple contexts within which consumers perform online searches make significant associations difficult to interpret. Physician information-seeking behavior has typically been analyzed through survey-based approaches and literature reviews. Activity logs from health care professionals using online medical information resources are thus a valuable yet relatively untapped resource for large-scale medical surveillance. Objective: To analyze health care professionals% information-seeking behavior and assess the feasibility of measuring drug-safety alert response from the usage logs of an online medical information resource. Methods: Using two years (2011-2012) of usage logs from UpToDate, we measured the volume of searches related to medical conditions with significant burden in the United States, as well as the seasonal distribution of those searches. We quantified the relationship between searches and resulting page views. Using a large collection of online mainstream media articles and Web log posts we also characterized the uptake of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alert via changes in UpToDate search activity compared with general online media activity related to the subject of the alert. Results: Diseases and symptoms dominate UpToDate searches. Some searches result in page views of only short duration, while others consistently result in longer-than-average page views. The response to an FDA alert for Celexa, characterized by a change in UpToDate search activity, differed considerably from general online media activity. Changes in search activity appeared later and persisted longer in UpToDate logs. The volume of searches and page view durations related to Celexa before the alert also differed from those after the alert. Conclusions: Understanding the information-seeking behavior associated with online evidence sources can offer insight into the information needs of health professionals and enable large-scale medical surveillance. Our Web log mining approach has the potential to monitor responses to FDA alerts at a national level. Our findings can also inform the design and content of evidence-based medical information resources such as UpToDate
Keywords:internet log analysis, data mining, physicians, information-seeking behavior, drug safety surveillance
Year of publishing:2015
Number of pages:str. 1-14
Numbering:št. 8, Letn. 17
ISSN on article:1438-8871
COBISS_ID:2145444 New window
DOI:10.2196/jmir.4427 New window
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Title:Journal of Medical Internet Research
Shortened title:JMIR, J. Med. Internet Res.
Publisher:JMIR Publications
COBISS.SI-ID:2406629 New window


License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Description:This is the standard Creative Commons license that gives others maximum freedom to do what they want with the work as long as they credit the author.
Licensing start date:02.08.2017

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Keywords:analiza internetnega dnevnika, podatkovno rudarjenje, zdravniki, vedenje pri iskanju informacij, nadzor varnosti drog


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