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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is loaded with evidence-based information about specific herbs and botanicals, their use in treating specific diseases, and usage safety. There are also descriptions of common complementary, alternative, and integrative health topics. The site is recommended as the only site needed for anyone to make informed decisions when considering complementary or alternative medicine.

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Review Date: 11/1/2018

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Ease of Use

The site's patient materials are housed within the "Health Info" tab. Even though topics are presented there alphabetically, the page can be confusing to navigate with an abundance of choices. Additionally, the site requires users to navigate back-and-forth to other pages and websites for further information, some of which is only slightly related to the original topic.

Visual Design

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website does not put much emphasis on visual appeal. There is little color to be found, and just as few multimedia elements throughout the site's content. Many pages are dense pages of text with only headings to break up the monotony into something more digestible.

Quality

A comprehensive and essential resource for high-quality information about complementary and alternative medicine. Extensive evidence-based research about specific herbs and botanicals is especially solid.

Credibility

Authoritative and evidence-based information is generated by a highly qualified team with U.S. government sponsorship. The content is regularly reviewed to guarantee currency.

Pros

  1. Users will find everything they need to make informed decisions about complementary and alternative medicine
  2. Numerous links to related topics on the site and additional information and resources on other reputable sites
  3. Comprehensive, detailed, and user-friendly content

Cons

  1. The amount of information can be overwhelming
  2. Requires jumping back-and-forth to other pages and sites to gain understanding of some topics

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Videos, news, specialist finder, clinical trials

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: info@nccih.nih.gov

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