Highly Recommended

The Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson's Foundation helps general readers get a basic understanding of Parkinson's disease symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and caregiving. There is also up to date information about research advances and tools to find help for patients and families. This site is highly recommended as a great introductory source of accurate, user-friendly, and visually appealing medical information about this this movement disorder.

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Review Date: 9/19/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

The site's menu bar guides visitors to relevant, succinct information on Parkinson's disease. Visitors can be confident in this website's ability to put them in touch with the resources they need.

Visual Design

Engaging images combined with a generous use of white space enahnce this website's simple but effective design. Plenty to look at here, and no annoying fluff.

Quality

Visitors will appreciate the brief but informative nature of the patient education materials found here for both patients and their caregivers. This website looks at many factors related to Parkinson's, not just diagnosis/treatment but also financial and legal matters, caregiving, and local support. The patient information is not reference to assure current thinking and, although there is a highly qualified advisory board, it's not clear what involvement they have with this content.

Credibility

No authors are identified for patient information, but a Parkinson's Disease doctor did the most recent review. All other information in blogs, podcasts, etc. has credited authors/presenters qualified to cover that content. Despite this, the website is well-aligned with contemporary medical knowledge of Parkinson's disease. While the multimedia content and events calendar are are timely, there is no indication of when the patient information was last reviewed.

Pros

  1. Distinct categories are presented in large font for quick browsing
  2. User-friendly writing style and clear explanations of complex topics
  3. Each page reviewed by health experts with professional credentials
  4. Includes graphics and other visual resources to provide relief from text-heavy pages
  5. Addresses legal, financial, and insurance issues in addition to health education

Cons

  1. Authors, references, and date of last review are not available for patient information materials
  2. The site's "Ask a Doctor" tool actually leads to a forum
  3. Powerful search bar lacks filtering options

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The Parkinson’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) merger of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)

Accreditations: BBB-accredited charity, GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, Charity Navigator 4-Star charity

Additional Features: Frequent blogs, downloadable fact sheets from the PD Library, up to date news coverage, helpful advise from other patients, videos, podcasts, webinars, links to many helpful resources and assistance programs

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: contact@parkinson.org