National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is a good starting place for information about common skin, muscle, bone, and joint topics. But despite it's government backing, the website's content is limited, and users will need to consult other websites.

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Review Date: 10/31/2018


Ease of Use

Patient education materials are found in the "Health Topics" tab. That tab is organized alphabetically by health topic, which is easy to browse due to the limited number of topics. Search engine returns relevant results and allows users to filter pages by topic, language, and audience.

Visual Design

Large font, bold headers, and the use of bullet points make this website easy on the eyes. While graphics are not front and center, the website is organized well and highlights the importance of the site's information content.


The website does not provide enough information for readers to get a deep understanding of the health topics presented here. Instead, users will encounter only the most basic information that they will then need to learn more about from other resources. The lack of references also reduces the site's reliability.


No authors are cited, but the website is credible given its backing by the U.S. government. The website does a pretty good job adding dates of last revision. However, many are more than two years old and may be considered outdated at this point.


  1. Covers 53 conditions affecting the skin, muscles, bones, and/or joints
  2. Disease descriptions are well-written for non-medical readers
  3. Highly reliable government sources


  1. Content is mostly written for researchers in these individual fields
  2. The scope of consumer health topics is very narrow and topics seem random


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

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Downloadable fact sheets, Q&A, community resources, news, research updates, clinical trials

Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin