EmSe: initial evaluation of a child-friendly medical search system

Carsten Eickhoff, Leif Azzopardi, Djoerd Hiemstra, Franciska de Jong, Arjen de Vries, Doug Dowie, Sergio Duarte, 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. 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 languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIIIX '12 Proceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • children
  • web search
  • medical information need


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