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WebMD – Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center

WebMD - Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center can be a complimentary site for information on pulmonary disease, with detailed information about 12 common lung diseases. Condition details may include description & types, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, living with, and prevention. Other conditions, diagnostic procedures, and treatments are covered, but are difficult to find. This section is recommended for its detailed information about common lung diseases and treatments, but other similar sites will be needed for greater breadth of coverage.

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Review Date: 4/15/2019

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Ease of Use

The homepage has a brief overview and provides a subtopic list that allows users to narrow their search. Content does not always present logically because related articles, blogs, message boards, and advertisements are mixed throughout. Subtopic organization seems random. Further, nested links send users deeper and deeper into searches without an easy return to the landing page. While the information here is patient-centered and educational, the site is one of the more difficult medical websites to navigate.

Visual Design

Pages are cluttered with a flurry of lists, articles, tools, and advertisements that clog the browsing experience. The reader's eye wanders all over the page due to the multiple areas for exploration. Large font and small chunks of text with lots of white space in between should make the content easy to read, but like the rest of WebMD, this section is not very visually pleasing.

Quality

Users have access a lot of useful information about many pulmonary diseases, but it is scattered and difficult to find. Having a separate section on "Emphysema" is not consistent with current diagnostic conventions. Unfortunately, the poor organization makes it difficult to uncover all the pertinent information about a single condition. There is a general statement that the content is based on recent evidence and practice. Better yet, all content is referenced and reviewed by medical professionals, many of whom are specialists. Some topics are explored in more depth than others and other websites will be needed for information about the many other pulmonary conditions.

Credibility

All site content is authored and reviewed by a qualified staff of physicians, medical journalists, and health reporters. Even with such a large amount of information, WebMD makes sure its content is credible with extensive referencing & review by subject area experts and regular updates. This section carries all the authority and credibility associated with WebMD, so visitors can rely on the information about lung disease & respiratory health

Pros

  1. Detailed & reliable information about many common lung diseases along with common diagnostic and treatment procedures
  2. Significant amount of useful content related to smoking cessation
  3. The content is readable and and easy to understand for the general consumer

Cons

  1. Detailed information about normal lung anatomy & function and other pulmonary conditions is present, but difficult to find within the website
  2. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  3. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results, many that are irrelevant, without filtering options
  4. Organization is confusing and users need to navigate multiple sections and pages per topic and link to other articles to get an overall/more complete picture

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: URAC (2018), HON seal (2018), TRUSTe Certified privacy

Additional Features: News listed by date, top picks, or trends, blogs, video library, slideshow, support services & other resources, quizzes, Q&A, links to related articles, message boards, find a pulmonologist

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

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