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Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network provides up-to-date resources for those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Information includes causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and many other issues related to rheumatoid arthritis. There are lists of resources for supports groups, financial assistance, and other relevant websites.

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Review Date: 10/9/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The website has a rather limited scope. Users can easily browse the different site areas using the main category tabs. Search bar doesn't allow for filtering, but that may not be a problem given the site's narrow scope. The website offers large article headings, bulleted lists, and clear links to help users scan and browse the page.

Visual Design

The website utilizes white space, images, and strategic color choice to keep users engaged without detracting from the content. Overall the visual layout is dull, and images are stock-quality, but the website maintains a professional, consistent design.

Quality

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network gives readers a broad understanding of arthritis. However, the website lacks specific coverage about the individual arthritis types as well as associated conditions. Most articles include a lengthy list of sources used to create the content, each of which comes from a respected source. Unfortunately there is an element of commercial bias regarding the treatment of arthritis, as the website explicitly promotes a single home remedy above others.

Credibility

Some topics list one of three physician authors/editors, yet none are rheumatologists. The site appears to update its content frequently. But as a whole there is little information about the supporting organization or its funding.

Pros

  1. Information about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and variety of other issues related to rheumatoid arthritis
  2. Friendly and informative writing style will appeal to all audiences
  3. Lists of resources for supports groups, financial assistance, and other relevant websites

Cons

  1. Only three editorial experts/authors are identified, and none are rheumatologists
  2. Only gives and overall understanding of this complex disease and not much about the individual types or associated conditions
  3. Advertisements and recommendations for specific alternative treatment products
  4. Virtually no information about the backing group is available

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network, a nonprofit group of healthcare professionals and patients

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: "Find a Rheumatologist" tool, support groups, blogs, mobile app

Languages: English

Contact: info@rheumatoidarthritis.org

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