A Report on the Evaluation of Criteria Sets for Assessing Health Web Sites

In 2003 Health Improvement Institute (Institute) began a research project conducted collaboratively with Consumer WebWatch. Its purpose is to enable consumers to become informed users of Internet health information sites (referred to as health websites). The project consists of a number of phases, to culminate in independent ratings of health websites. The objective of Phase-I is to develop a consumer-friendly rating system, based on basic principles and past efforts to develop evaluation criteria.