In the last years, a lot of health portals have emerged which give service to health professionals. Neither number nor usage patterns of these portals have been well known. In this study, we analysed the usage patterns of a Turkish health portal. The main theme of the portal is febrile neutropenia.
In a six months period, 714 users had visited the web site. 595 (83 %) of these users had three or more visits. During this period, 428 new web pages had entered the system. The most frequently visited pages were education materials and guidelines, whereas the least frequently visited pages were reviews and news. One hundred and ninety nine (27.8 %) of the users had one or more visit every week. After the web page was published, the mean of total number of the visits in first week was 40.1. The mean number fell to 1.0 in the fifth week.
The users preferred to read concentrated resources as education materials and guidelines. Possibly they could not find sufficient time to read detailed texts in daily routine. Another result of our analysis is that, a web page gets “old” when it is one month old. The editors inform the users about the new pages by the e-mail postings. So, preparation of good content may not be sufficient alone, and the presence of the pages must be announced to possible readers.
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