Highly Recommended

American College of Rheumatology – Patients & Caregivers

American College of Rheumatology has information about 41 rheumatic diseases and related conditions, including types, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and more. Other sections include information about specific treatments and lists of resources. This website is recommended for excellent information for patients and caregivers about rheumatological diseases and conditions.

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Review Date: 11/5/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The "For Patients & Caregivers" page divides content into six sections. Content is broken down into "Diseases & Conditions," "Treatments," "Videos," etc. The layout is clear and organizes the site's various topics well.

Visual Design

Despite this website being a medical society, the patient information is presented with a consumer-friendly layout. There are plenty of welcoming images and icons to highlight content. The left-hand navigation menu suffers from low contrast, but otherwise the website has a good visual appeal.

Quality

Writing and editing conducted by experienced rheumatologists make the content relevant and definitive. Users will find all they need to educate themselves about these complex conditions.

Credibility

Content is regularly updated by credentialed experts in the field. Although topics are not referenced, many rheumatologists participate in generating and updating the site's content.

Pros

  1. Each condition includes well-written details covering the basics and related topics
  2. Site is comprehensive and helpful for general browsing as well as locating specific information
  3. Easy-to-understand language, and audience-specific information

Cons

  1. Disease-specific resources are limited
  2. Rheumatologist finder returns no doctors for smaller cities

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: American College of Rheumatology, a nonprofit global medical society founded in 1934

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Videos, medication guides, downloadable brochures, FAQs, "Find a Rheumatologist" tool, online support group

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: pr@rheumatology.org