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MedlinePlus – Population Groups

MedlinePlus uses this page to collect health information for specific population groups. These groups include adolescents, veterans, LGBTQ, Native Americans, transgender people, and many more. This section is recommended for its highlighting of medical concerns in different ethnic backgrounds and other population groups.

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Review Date: 11/20/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

This section of MedlinePlus is just an alphabetical list of different groups. Clicking any one of them leads to a page with a brief summary of the group as well as numerous health resources specific to that group. This requires users to constantly jump back and forth between websites, but otherwise all the relevant material is contained to this one page of resources.

Visual Design

The landing page only provides a list of topics concerning different groups of people. No images or multimedia to engage the reader. The page would benefit from a redesign, if only by adding topic headers to aid in scanning.

Quality

There is valuable information to acquaint users with the many health issues unique to ethnic minority groups, veterans, and the LGBTQ community The materials assembled here come from a wide variety of sources, most of them from high quality perspectives. Not all pages are fleshed out with the same depth, but overall this is a small complaint given the wealth of information.

Credibility

All external resources are clearly identified, the majority of which come from highly credible government organizations like the Department of Health & Human Services. While these resource vary in currency and detail, overall the serve as a valuable introduction to basic health concepts.

Pros

  1. Information specific to many population groups and highlighting important healthcare disparities
  2. Large sections on health issues in veterans and LGBTQ community
  3. Highly credible website with backing from the U.S. government

Cons

  1. Sections on age and gender-specific topics may distract users from the special problems associated with more specific groups
  2. User-friendliness of materials varies depending on the external website referenced
  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, images, journal articles, doctor finder, medical encyclopedia

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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