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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Diseases & Conditions

CDC - Diseases & Conditions is an excellent source of information about a wide range of illnesses. The information is backed by the authority of the National Institute of Health, but information about the people responsible for the content is lacking. The site is recommended to all users for its comprehensive and accurate content.

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Review Date: 12/24/2019

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Ease of Use

Plenty of well organized, easily accessible information here. "Disease and Conditions" may be searched for alphabetically or from several dozen popular health topics. Using the site-wide search bar will return thousands of results that can't be sorted. Layout is inconsistent across disease pages. Subtopics are separated into blocks with left side navigation panels featuring collapsible menus.

Visual Design

Some multimedia add color to the extensive text-based information which is visually plain. The site's text stands out well against the white background, although it is rather small and hard on the eyes. Page title banners change color as users move around the site, which provides some needed variation.

Quality

CDC - Diseases & Conditions has created high-quality information by relying on superb sources. This excellent content is relevant, balanced, and can be used by any person seeking to information about various diseases. Most of the topics could be better referenced. This is among the best general health sites available to consumers.

Credibility

Content is backed by the authority of the National Institute of Health. Editing is done by qualified medical professions to assure adequate credibility, although it would be improved if individual authors & editors were included with each topic. Although most topics are reviewed regularly and contain the most up to date information, some topics may be dated since they have not been reviewed in more than 2 years.

Pros

  1. Accurate, recent, and understandable information appropriate for any person seeking to learn about various diseases
  2. Links to a wide variety of general & disease specific resources, including national organizations and service agencies
  3. Easy access to other CDC and Health & Human Services information

Cons

  1. Amount of information can be overwhelming
  2. Some of the information may be dated
  3. At times it is not obvious where to look next for resources or additional information
  4. Detailed information for some topics requires going to Health and Human Services or a disease-specific site

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. National Institute of Health

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Links to additional information, resources, and services from Health and Human Services & disease-specific sites, videos, podcasts, downloadable fact sheets, public service announcements

Languages: English, Spanish, Language assistance available for 12 other languages

Contact: ADPolicy@cdc.gov