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May 24, 2001

The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center's Information Web Site, OncoLink, Ranked One of the Highest in Study

In an report published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association -- "Health Information on the Internet: Accessibility, Quality, and Readability in English and Spanish" -- the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center's Internet information resource, OncoLink (http://www.oncolink.upenn.edu) scored among the highest of the 25 sites reviewed. The site was rated "statistically better than average" particularly for breast cancer information, and was stated as offering "more than 80 percent of the minimum information needed."

OncoLink Editor-In-Chief, James Metz, MD, was quoted in today's New York Times as saying:

"Our content is totally written by physicians, nurses and social workers in their field of expertise. Very few sites do that. Too many sites are just trying to sell something and it is scary how they can make a bad site look good."

Research for the report was conducted by the RAND Corporation and funded by the California HealthCare Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. It can be found on-line at:

http://jama.ama.assn.org/issues/v285n20/rfull/joc02274.html#aainfo

OncoLink was founded in 1994 by Penn cancer specialists who wanted to help cancer patients, families, healthcare professional and the general public get accurate, timely cancer-related information -- quickly and at no charge. Through it, you can get information about specific types of cancer, news about research advances and updates on cancer treatment.

OncoLink has been recognized as one of the leading health resources on the Web, reaching over almost 9 million hits per month. It has been cited in several regional and national publications, television and radio programs, and online articles and has received numerous awards including the coveted Global Information Infrastructure Award in 1998.

 

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