SELECTION CRITERIA

The problems of judging the quality of medical and healthcare sites were discussed by us at the 18th Annual National Online Meeting in New York City in 1997. The title of our paper at this conference was "Organizing the Chaotic Medical Internet." Similar criteria have been presented by many other authors and medical Internet sites.

Note worthy sources of criteria can be found in "Health on the Net Foundation," (http://www.hon.ch), and "Consumer Health – A Guide to Internet Information Resources," 2nd Edition, Edited by Jana Liebermann, AHIP, Medical Library Association, (http://www.mlanet.org).

Special criteria are presented in our 5th Edition of the Medial Internet Directory in 2004. A few of the more obvious business oriented criteria that we have stressed are summarized below.