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What do UK children’s hospital websites offer patients and families?
  1. Rajlakshmi Sohini Mukhopadhyay1,
  2. Annalu Waller2,
  3. Victoria Louise Franklin3
  1. 1
    College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK
  2. 2
    School of Computing, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK
  3. 3
    Maternal and Child Health Sciences, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK
  1. Victoria Louise Franklin, Maternal and Child Health Sciences, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, Scotland, UK; victoria.franklin{at}nhs.net

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The internet increasingly serves as an important health information resource for patients and their families.1 Research in the United States of America has identified problems with both the quality and content of leading children’s hospital websites.2 Little or no similar research has been undertaken in the United Kingdom to date.

We conducted a prospective pilot study to compare the information provided on websites of children’s hospitals in the UK. Google was used to search for children’s hospitals in the UK and the first 20 hits were used …

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