Highly Recommended

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has everything users need to know about diabetes, digestive diseases, kidney disease, weight management, urological disease, liver disease, endocrine disease, blood diseases, diet & nutrition, and disease-specific diagnostic tests. The site provides detailed information about all aspects of these conditions, including causes & risk factors, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and living with the disease. This site is highly recommended for detailed information about numerous conditions that is easily understood by non-medical users.

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Review Date: 11/21/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

NIDDKs major categories are distinct and clear, with most of the content organized by type of disease/condition. Common conditions are listed by category on the landing page, but the full list of topics requires clicking on the category. Uncluttered web pages and generous use of collapsible menus make it so that pages are informative and easy to browse. The search bar doesn't allow for filtering, but it is comprehensive and gives users the choice of which part of the website to search from.

Visual Design

The NIDDK website is professionally designed, presenting visitors with a homepage filled with relevant and meaningful images. Informational content pages are drab in comparison. Each page is mostly text-based, but there are also charts and other graphics embedded within.

Quality

NIDDK has comprehensive, detailed, and relevant information about Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases. Additional content about endocrine disease, blood diseases, diet & nutrition, and disease-specific diagnostic tests augment the scope of the site. The materials assembled here come from a wide variety of reliable sources, many of them among the most respected names in the field.

Credibility

All information found on this website is generated by the highly credible National Institutes of Health, and most pages have been updated within the last two years to ensure currency. The site's news coverage and research information is also up-to-date and refreshed often. No mention of author names, but the website does publish its comprehensive and well-qualified advisory committees.

Pros

  1. Very comprehensive site that is also very understandable to most users
  2. NIDDK keeps users informed about current research into these conditions
  3. Highly reliable sources from the U.S. National Institutes of Health

Cons

  1. Length of articles and detail may overwhelm some users
  2. Paucity of images, infographics, and videos make for a dry and impersonal experience
  3. Materials are mostly for researchers within the relevant specialties covered

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Blog, FAQs, links to community programs, links to related topics, news, and research, clinical trials

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov

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