EmSe: Initial Evaluation of a Child-friendly Medical Search System

Carsten Eickhoff, Leif Azzopardi, Djoerd Hiemstra, Franciska M.G. de Jong, A.P. de Vries, Doug Dowie, Sergio Duarte Torres, Richard Glassey, Karl Gyllstrom, Frea Kruisinga, Kelly Marshall, Sien Moens, Tamara Polajnar, Frans van der Sluis

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When undergoing medical treatment in combination with extended stays in hospitals, children have been frequently found to develop an interest in their condition and the course of treatment. PuppyIR A natural means of searching for related information would be to use a web search engine. The medical domain, however, imposes several key challenges on young and inexperienced searchers, such as difficult terminology, potentially frightening topics or non-objective information offered by lobbyists or pharmaceutical companies. To address these problems, we present the design and usability study of EmSe, a search service for children in a hospital environment.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1282-0
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Event4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium, IIIX 2012 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Duration: 21 Aug 201224 Aug 2012
Conference number: 4

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Conference4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium, IIIX 2012
Abbreviated titleIIiX 2012
Other21-24 August 2012
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  • METIS-289686
  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/231507
  • EWI-22235
  • IR-81535

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