What do you think of thuisarts.nl? Experiences after 3 years of <a href="http://www.thuisarts.nl/">www.thuisarts.nl</a>
Many people need information on health and disease, but the internet is a maze of medical information.
In order to offer patients reliable medical information, and to support general practitioners, the Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG) set up the public website Thuisarts.nl in 2011, which was later followed by an app.
The NHG members survey amongst general practitioners from June 2013 showed that 90% of the general practitioners used Thuisarts.nl. The number of visitors was on average 60,000 a day.
Information is also available from questionnaires filled in by the NIVEL Health Care Consumer Panel (n = 2846) and participants in a study on information technology and independence (n = 25).
Thuisarts.nl meets an important need and is highly valued by doctors and patients.
There are plans for the further development of Thuisarts.nl including short videos, illustrations, searchable anatomical structures and information from other reliable organisations such as associations of specialist doctors.
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