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Arthritis Foundation

Arthritis Foundation provides information about living with and managing rheumatological disease. The site covers 48 diseases and conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, lupus, gout, and psoriatic arthritis. There are all types of health resources and advice on treatment options, pain management, diet, exercise, and more.

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Review Date: 8/9/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The site's navigation bar is pretty straightforward, although the two main tabs — "About Arthritis" and "Living with Arthritis" — seem to overlap a bit. But there is a helpful "I'm Looking for" submenu that guides users to the site's most popular areas. Text is organized well into manageable sections, with pages providing links that allow readers to explore further if interested. Search engine filters results by relevance and date.

Visual Design

Busy homepage and cluttered pages make it difficult for readers to stay focused on the task at hand. Bright green text makes up subtopics and creates a jarring effect while reading. Lots of advertisements intrude on the site's content as well. Overall, the website has a professional design, but perhaps it tries to accomplish too many things at once.

Quality

Good amount of relevant information as well as links to other helpful resources. However, the site's topics contain no references, and content authors are not identified. It's a great source of information for people living with arthritis, but the information can also be pretty general.

Credibility

Blogs and news updates are added constantly. Some pages feature a date of update, but many do not. Similarly, some but not all pages include the author's name, and those that are included do not contain qualifications.

Pros

  1. Covers all sorts of issues related to arthritis including types, treatment options, pain management, diet, exercise, and more.
  2. Good depth and breadth, providing materials for several audiences
  3. News and blog sections introduce new issues in rheumatoid arthritis
  4. Comprehensive doctor-finder tool connects readers with most relevant types of medical professionals

Cons

  1. Busy visual design can be distracting
  2. Some information may be outdated given the lack of publication dates
  3. Occasionally distracting advertisements
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Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The Arthritis Foundation, a national nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1948

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Toll-free helpline, online magazine, blog, news, patient networking, local resources, financial help, rheumatologist finder, online store, mobile apps

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: cvillines@arthritis.org

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