TitleLanguage Complexity in On-line Health Information Retrieval
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsAlfano M, Lenzitti B, Taibi D, Helfert M
EditorZiefle M, Maciaszek LA
Book TitleInformation and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health
Date Published07
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number978-3-030-52677-1

The number of people searching for on-line health information has been steadily growing over the years so it is crucial to understand their specific requirements in order to help them finding easily and quickly the specific information they are looking for. Although generic search engines are typically used by health information seekers as the starting point for searching information, they have been shown to be limited and unsatisfactory because they make generic searches, often overloading the user with the provided amount of results. Moreover, they are not able to provide specific information to different types of users. At the same time, specific search engines mostly work on medical literature and provide extracts from medical journals that are mainly useful for medical researchers and experts but not for non-experts.