Highly Recommended

MedlinePlus – Teen Health

MedlinePlus - Teen Health is a general resource for teen health and wellness information. It is easy to navigate and offers a deep list of reputable medical resources covering sexual health, health supervision, mental health, development, sleep guidelines, nutrition, and more. The site is highly recommended because its collection of materials consistently refers users to reputable and detailed sources.

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Review Date: 5/2/2018

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Ease of Use

Clearly-labelled subsection headings organize what would otherwise be an overwhelming number of links to navigate. Each topic leads to a page with a "Start Here" section that provides basic information on a condition before moving into topics like diagnosis, treatment, images, and clinical trials. Although the search bar pulls results from the entire MedlinePlus catalogue, using this website is as easy as scrolling a page and finding the topic of most relevance.

Visual Design

MedlinePlus features a professional and simple visual design. Few images populate the pages here, but the topics explored often have links to relevant multimedia, especially videos. The site's use of color is subtle and pleasant, proving that a website doesn't need to be flashy in order to stand out visually.

Quality

This section of MedlinePlus website provides extensive information about adolescent health. Topics span the duration of the teenage years and cover issues like body image, vaccinations, medications, hygiene, and so much more. All the reosurces linked here lead to high quality resources that are geared toward a younger audience as well.

Credibility

Because MedlinePlus does not generate any unique content, author names are not provided on the MedlinePlus page. Visitors will need to assess the credibility of each resource linked here. However, the website does an excellent job assembling highly credible resources from the National Institutes of Health, Nemours Foundation, Boston Children's Hospital, and more. MedlinePlus also updates each of its pages in a two-year period to ensure its reference lists are up-to-date.

Pros

  1. Wide variety of adolescent topics including sexual health, health supervision, mental health, sleep guidelines, nutrition, and development
  2. Majority of resources are written by medical professionals in language teens can understand
  3. Resources discuss sensitive areas like self-esteem with clinical, nonjudgmental language that parents and teens alike will appreciate
  4. Links to American Academy of Pediatrics, Nemours Foundation, American Academy of Family Physicians, and other highly credible resources

Cons

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Profile

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

Accreditations: HON seal (2017)

Additional Features: Videos, health check tools, pediatrician locator, relevant journal articles, e-magazine

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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