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MedlinePlus – Transplantation and Donation

MedlinePlus's page on organ transplantation and donation collects detailed information about organ donation, blood transfusion, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, and general information about organ transplantation. Here, visitors will find a variety of sources of information about heart, intestine, kidney, liver, lung, and pancreas transplantation.

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Review Date: 11/8/2018

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Ease of Use

This section of MedlinePlus is just an alphabetical list of donation, transplantation, and transfusion procedures. Clicking any one of the 13 listed here leads to a page with a brief summary as well as numerous links to additional information. 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

Users will get a comprehensive, detailed, and reliable picture about organ donation and transplantation. 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

MedlinePlus clearly identifies the organizations responsible for its curated content, which include the United Network for Organ Sharing, American Society of Transplantation, International Transplant Nurses Society, and National Marrow Donor Program. Users will find that the medical encyclopedia topics have the highest reliability, as they list the names of medical reviewers and date of last review. However, the currency of web pages linked on MedlinePlus vary, and individual authors and editors are only occasionally credited on the linked sites.

Pros

  1. Extensive medical encyclopedia with information related to organ transplantation
  2. Links to topics about organ donation, blood transfusion, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation
  3. Highly credible and up-to-date website with backing from the U.S. government and relying on materials generated by authoritative organizations

Cons

  1. User-friendliness of materials vary depending on the external website referenced
  2. 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

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Patient handouts, videos, images, relevant journal articles, doctor finder, links to research, medical encyclopedia

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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