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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provided introductory materials on common neurological problems and diseases. Here, users will find information on the brain, stroke prevention, sleep, genetics, and much more.

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Review Date: 11/1/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Users can easily search disorders by using the site's search bar or browsing an alphabetical list. All pages feature a sleek, uniform layout that relies on appealing icons to jump users to the appropriate section. Each section is clearly labelled, as are the distinctions between topic/subtopic.

Visual Design

The site features a professional, restrained visual design. The homepage invites visitors in with a welcoming splash of color and graphic elements that are engaging without overwhelming the reader. However, as users go deeper into the website, images are rarer and either too dark or too small. The site's font could also stand to have a higher color contrast against the background.

Quality

A comprehensive, although sometimes shallow, collection of information about neurological topics. The individual articles are not referenced but do incorporate the latest scientific research. Visitors can use this website to gain a brief introduction to many brain health topics.

Credibility

U.S. government sponsorship provides credibility to the content, although some fact sheets are more than 2 years old and may be considered outdated. However, the site's news coverage and research information is up to date. Overall, a credible but not all-encompassing source of brain health information.

Pros

  1. Comprehensive database of brain and neurological disorders, including treatment options and prognosis
  2. Each disorder includes a list of government and nonprofit support organizations
  3. Disease descriptions are understandable for non-medical readers

Cons

  1. Descriptions of most neurological disorders are superficial
  2. Best used to keep up with with recent research than for information on neurologic conditions
  3. Fact sheets may be outdated

Profile

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

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Links to disease-specific patient organizations, downloadable brochures, list of disease-specific medical trials and research

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: WebManagers@ninds.nih.gov