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Gaceta Sanitaria

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CASAJUANA KOGEL, Cristina; COFINO, Rafael  and  LOPEZ, María José. Evaluation of the Health Observatory of Asturias (Spain): web and social network metrics and health professionals' opinions. Gac Sanit [online]. 2014, vol.28, n.3, pp.183-189. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2013.12.008.

Objective: To evaluate the Health Observatory of Asturias (Observatorio de Salud de Asturias [OBSA]), which collects and disseminates health data from Asturias through a website and social networks. Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted between 2012 and 2013. The study included a process evaluation that analyzed the reach of the OBSA's website, Facebook and Twitter accounts through web metrics and the use made by health professionals in Asturias of these media. Satisfaction was assessed through an online questionnaire. To estimate the potential effects of the OBSA, the study also included an evaluation of the results with a non-experimental design. Results: The total number of visits to the website increased in 2012, with more than 37,000 visits. The questionnaire (n = 43) showed that 72.1% of the health professionals knew of the OBSA and that 81.5% of them had used it. Most health professionals reported they were satisfied with the OBSA and believed that it encouraged cooperation among professionals (51.6%). Conclusion: The OBSA is known and consulted by most health professionals and is achieving some of its main objectives: to inform health staff and stimulate discussion. According to the results, information and communication technologies could play an important role in the presentation of health data in a more interactive and accessible way.

Keywords : Evaluation; Health information management; Internet; Social media.

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