Semantics and the medical healthcare search

Amanda Spink, Robert M. Wolfe, Bernard J. Jansen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses issues related to semantics and the medical Web. Much health information is available on the Web, but not always effectively found by users. Studies examining various aspects of medical Web searching show that searchers' do not always use correct medical terminology. This chapter reports results from a longitudinal study of medical/health related searches using commercial Web search engine query data from 1997 to 2004.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Electronic Business
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781591406785
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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Spink, A., Wolfe, R. M., & Jansen, B. J. (2006). Semantics and the medical healthcare search. In Advances in Electronic Business (Vol. 2, pp. 267-279). IGI Global.