Highly Recommended

OrthoInfo

OrthoInfo, sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, details the injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Users will find explanations of different surgical and testing procedures, exercises, as well as nonsurgical procedures. Information available on the site is well-researched and verified by a team of physician experts, providing consumers with free, reliable orthopaedic material.

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Review Date: 8/13/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Highly usable website with a navigation and multiple ways to find relevant content. The "Diseases and Conditions" tab lists the different subtopics by body part, and users can even find conditions by interacting with a skeleton model. The search bar features many filters, allowing users to drill down to the results most relevant to them. Plenty of videos and other multimedia resources to aid the reader's learning experience as well.

Visual Design

Professional and engaging visual design focused on the user's goals and needs. Users will know expect within three seconds of entering the site. OrthoInfo makes great use of stimulating visuals to keep readers interested. Lots of color, but a smart use of white space so that pages don't feel cramped or chaotic.

Quality

This website takes a unique and detailed approach to information regarding bones and joints. Common and uncommon conditions are detailed with general overviews, anatomical explanations, symptoms, treatments, future developments, and more. Not all topics are referenced, though many are, all coming from respectable sources. Additionally, the persons responsible for content are all specialists relying on science-based evidence.

Credibility

Each page on OrthoInfo is submitted, edited, and reviewed by medical professionals. Those details are often including in the page's footer, including date of review. Although most pages have not been reviewed in over two years, the editorial board regularly identifies new topics for development. This ensures that content is accurate and reflects the latest orthopaedic research, and treatment and care standards.

Pros

  1. Wide variety of materials for patients to explore and share
  2. Text articles supplemented with excellent multimedia including videos, infographics, images, handouts, etc.
  3. Users can browse content by body region using an interactive skeleton model

Cons

  1. Some pages have not been reviewed in several years
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Sponsors / Affiliations: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a nonprofit organization of medical specialists founded in 1933

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Videos, patient handouts, blog, orthopedist locator tool, news

Languages: English

Contact: peterson@aaos.org

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