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MedlinePlus – Diabetes Mellitus

This collection of diabetes-related information from MedlinePlus provides access to resources on diagnosis, management, treatment, and complications associated with diabetes. It sends visitors to different diabetes pages that explore the topic in more depth, each of which further puts readers in touch with reliable, relevant resources.

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Review Date: 11/14/2018

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Ease of Use

Topics listed alphabetically, which link users to full-fledged explorations of each given topic. These explorations provide a summary of the topic with numerous links to external resources on the subject. With its reliance on external resources, users will spend significant time jumping back and forth from website to website — a tedious process for some.

Visual Design

The home page is visually mundane with only a simple list of topics, without any images or other infographics to spruce it up. This simplistic design could be spruced up in small ways to increase user engagement.

Quality

Comprehensive and accurate information about diabetes types 1 and 2, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Inconsistent referencing makes the reliability of each MedlinePlus page for a disease or condition variable, though all of the information is vetted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Therefore most links go to respected federal or speciality organization sites.

Credibility

MedlinePlus clearly identifies the organizations responsible for the linked content. These reputable organization's include the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and American Diabetes Association. Users will find that the medical encyclopedia topics have the highest reliability by listing reviewers and date of last review. Credibility ultimately varies by the resource linked here.

Pros

  1. Extensive medical encyclopedia provides accurate information about diabetes including diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and complications
  2. Comprehensive collection of reliable, up-to-date content important to anyone with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome
  3. Government-endorsed information and supplemented with materials generated by authoritative organizations

Cons

  1. Information not always organized intuitively
  2. Some linked sites provide only the most basic information
  3. Users will have to spend significant time navigating and reading in order to get helpful information

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Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Patient handouts, videos, journal articles, specialist finder, research, health check tools, clinical trials

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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