Highly Recommended

The Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is highly recommended as a first-stop resource for Parkinson's disease information. The site's educational focus is wide-ranging and authoritative, providing materials that are easy to understand for many audiences. The breadth of material here makes it so that visitors can learn about this disease not only from a biological perspective, but also the many ways Parkinson's impacts a patient's daily life.

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Review Date: 3/1/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

This is a great website to explore. Lots of information, and highly engaging. Unfortunately the homepage doesn't let on how user-friendly the site really is.

Visual Design

The page layout is easy to grasp, even though the information here seems endless. The font is on the small side, but it's more than made up for by ample use of sharp graphics and multimedia tools.

Quality

Parkinson's disease is explored in such depth and breadth here that users may find everything they're looking for. The site's first core value is to be "100% patient focused"—a promise they fulfill via comprehensive coverage of diagnosis/symptoms, daily living, healthcare issues, treatment, clinical trials, and so much more.

Credibility

This website can be a go-to for the latest developments and breakthroughs in Parkinson's research. Timely information with the backing of numerous scientific authorities in the field.

Pros

  1. Explores cutting-edge research advancements relying on peer-reviewed materials as recent as 2016-2017
  2. Offers a wealth of materials for lay audiences, health professionals, policymakers, and advocates
  3. Writing is easy to understand, even when dealing with complex topics like stem cell research
  4. Comprehensive blog containing professional information that is enhanced by videos, infographics, podcasts, and other multimedia resources

Cons

  1. Cluttered homepage features a chaotic array of choices
  2. Font is small and can be difficult to read on some areas of the website
  3. Several pages are text-heavy and unpleasant to read through in full, such as the page on benefits and insurance

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization founded in 2000

Accreditations: BBB-accredited charity, Charity Navigator 4-Star charity, CharityWatch “Top-Rated” charity

Additional Features: Blog, podcasts, videos, clinician resources, clinical trial enrollment

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: 800-708-7644

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