Examining the application of Web 2.0 in medical-related organisations

Samuel Kai Wah CHU, Matsuko WOO, Ronnel Bornasal KING, Stephen CHOI, Miffy CHENG, Peggy KOO

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Objectives: This study surveyed Web 2.0 application in three types of selected health or medical‐related organisations such as university medical libraries, hospitals and non‐profit medical‐related organisations.
Methods: Thirty organisations participated in an online survey on the perceived purposes, benefits and difficulties in using Web 2.0. A phone interview was further conducted with eight organisations (26.7%) to collect information on the use of Web 2.0. Data were analysed using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
Results: Results showed that knowledge and information sharing and the provision of a better communication platform were rated as the main purposes of using Web 2.0. Time constraints and low staff engagement were the most highly rated difficulties. In addition, most participants found Web 2.0 to be beneficial to their organisations.
Conclusions: Medical‐related organisations that adopted Web 2.0 technologies have found them useful, with benefits outweighing the difficulties in the long run. The implications of this study are discussed to help medical‐related organisations make decisions regarding the use of Web 2.0 technologies. Copyright © 2011 The authors. Health Information and Libraries Journal © 2011 Health Libraries Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-60
JournalHealth Information and Libraries Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


Chu, S. K. W., Woo, M., King, R. B., Choi, S., Cheng, M., & Koo, P. (2012). Examining the application of Web 2.0 in medical-related organisations. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 29(1), 47-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2011.00970.x


  • Academic
  • Healthcare
  • Health science
  • Librarianship
  • Libraries
  • Web 2.0

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