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MedlinePlus – Safety Issues

MedlinePlus - Safety Issues focuses on many areas of safety & injury prevention, including occupation health, drug, water, child, sports, motor vehicle, gun, & home safety, and farm health & safety. There are also pages about infection control, barotrauma, falls & other injuries, and ergonomics. This MedLine section is recommended for people interesting in maintaining a safe lifestyle and preventing injuries, poisonings, and infections.

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Review Date: 4/15/2019

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Ease of Use

This section of MedlinePlus is just an alphabetical list of topics about many areas of safety & injury prevention. Clicking any one of the 12 listed here leads to a page with a brief summary as well as numerous links to additional information & resources. It 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. No images or multimedia to engage the reader. And the material is not organized aside from alphabetically, whereas topic headings would benefit the visual appearance. MedlinePlus already features a dull graphic design; this page brings the quality down to the most basic level.

Quality

Although not inclusive, users can expect valuable information about preventing injuries and many other areas of safety

Credibility

MedlinePlus clearly identifies the organizations responsible for the content, which include the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Food & Drug Administration, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and National Patient Safety Foundation. Users will find that the medical encyclopedia topics have the highest reliability by listing reviewers and date of last review. Although MedlinePlus does a great job updating it's pages regularly, the currency of linked sites varies, and individual authors/editors of each topic page are not identified & only occasionally credited on the linked sites.

Pros

  1. Extensive Medical Encyclopedia with information related to safety issues
  2. Links to, reliable, up-to-date topics to educate people about a plethora of preventive health & safety issues
  3. Highly credible website with backing from the U.S. government and relying on materials generated by authoritative organizations

Cons

  1. Many other major areas of safety, such as animal & boating safety and weather exposure, are absent
  2. User-friendliness of materials vary depending on the external website referenced here
  3. Users will have to spend significant time navigating and reading in order to get helpful information

Profile

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

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Patient handouts, videos, images, relevant journal articles, find an expert, links to research, medical encyclopedia with helpful descriptions of related conditions

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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