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Abstract:

BACKGROUND: Respiratory tract infections represent a common problem in everyday practice. The development of the World Wide Web can assist clinicians and other medical care professionals in finding useful information on various clinical conditions, including upper and lower respiratory tract infections.

METHODS: To identify websites containing information for health care professionals on upper and lower respiratory tract infections, we searched popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo. We also reviewed the sites of major institutions as well as relevant organisations and professional societies and associations. Only those sites that included material in the English language, were open access and developed by a governmental and/or academic institution, or a national or international professional society or associations were included.

RESULTS: We selected 106 sites that provide information on upper respiratory tract infections and 67 sites that provide information on lower respiratory tract infections.

CONCLUSIONS: We tried to identify freely available Internet resources with relevant information on upper and lower respiratory tract infections. We believe that the list of relevant World Wide Web resources we generated may be useful as an educational tool for clinicians and trainees.

Keywords: bronchitis; laryngitis; otitis; pharyngitis; pneumonia; sinusitis; tonsillitis; tuberculosis

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBS), Athens, Greece 2: Intensive Care Unit, Attikon University Hospital, Athens, Greece 3: Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBS), Athens, Greece; and Department of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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