Web4Health (pronounced web-for-health) is a web site with answers to about a thousand common questions in the area of mental health. Web4Health provides the following services:
- Finding an answer using a natural-language question-answering system or using Google sitesearch. More info.
- Finding an answer by browsing a category index. More info.
- Finding an answer by browsing an A-Z index. More info.
- Asking a question to a human expert - we do not promise to answer all questions. More info.
- Discussion groups. More info.
Who: Web4Health was originally developed by a consortium of medical experts in different European countries, appointed by the Commission of the European communities. More info.
At present, Web4Health is maintained by some of the medical experts. More info.
Quality: All texts in Web4Health are written by, or approved by, a medical expert like a medical doctor, a psychologist or a psychotherapist.
Most texts have references to sources.
Financing: Originally, Web4Health was developed with financing by the European Commission. At present, Web4Health is financed by Google ads and by voluntary, unpaid work by some of the medical experts. The ads and the buyers of ads do not in any way influence the medical content. Stockholm University, Department of Computer and Systems sciences (DSV), provides the technology used. The QuickAsk natural-language question-answering-system was originally developed by DSV but is now provided by Cention. The KOM2002 multi-lingual content management system is used to manage the data base.
Number of articles: Web4Health had on 2 October 2007 (the last time we counted them) the following number of articles:
Updating: The content of Web4Health is updated almost every week, often several times a week.
Affiliations: None of the people or organisations involved in Web4Health have any affiliation or dependence on any commercial company, with the exception of health-care clinics, where most of the medical experts work. All informaton is unbiased and based on science, best medical practice or the clinical experience of the medical experts.
Contact us: Contact information for the project partners here. E-mail address to the whole project, see disclaimer below.