The National Stroke Association is an excellent resource for stroke information and advocacy. Readers will find materials and programs related to different forms of stroke, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. There are audience-specific sections for stroke survivors, families, caregivers, and medical providers.
This website is designed with users in mind, featuring a large toolbar that categorizes topics into intuitive areas: "We Can Help," "Understand Stroke," "Stroke Resources," and "Get Involved." This toolbar helps readers browse factsheets, patient tools, provider resources, and more. Lots of multimedia resources as well, helping readers understand sometimes complex topics and many of which are downloadable. Unfortunately the search bar is placed in a strange area and is easy to miss.
Appealing homepage with large, clean images and big blocks of color that draw the reader in. The design is complex but easy to navigate, with numerous options for browsing. Clearly a professional design that emphasizes the website's vast array of options. However, the site overuses colors that create a false sense of connection between elements that are otherwise unrelated.
The website is important for readers seeking information about stroke and related information, but other websites cover these same topics in more detail. And while the content featured on this website has the authoritative backing of a large organization of scientists, physicians, and advocates, most articles lack outside resources.
The website does not credit its authors or editors. The site also fails to provide dates of publication on the general information. No new fact sheets have been published since 2015-2016. The National Stroke Association can be considered a credible source of information, but more could be done to increase measures of transparency for readers.
Materials appropriate for patents, caregivers, policymakers, and researchers
Numerous multimedia resources that clarify complex topics
Reader-friendly text geared toward general readers
Information is broad, but in many cases superficial
Some content may be outdated
Sponsors / Affiliations:
National Stroke Association, a national nonprofit organization established in 1984 and funded by donations, membership fees, and grants
BBB accredited charity, Charity Navigator 3-Star Charity, GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency
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