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WebMD – Medical Tests and Tools

WebMD's section on medical tests/tools helps readers learn about a variety of laboratory health tests. Most common medical tests are covered in detail, while less common procedures seem randomly chosen. Each test covered here also links to a range of diseases and conditions associated with that test. This section is recommended for it comprehensive and easy-to-use collection of common medical tests.

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Review Date: 11/19/2018

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Ease of Use

All tests are categorized alphabetically, which simplifies the search process so long as the user knows the specific test they're looking for. But the educational tools are organized by category instead. Otherwise this is a fairly straightforward WebMD subtopic to use and browse.

Visual Design

No images or multimedia to engage the reader on this page, which is composed of a series of links and little else. As users begin exploring the site's content, they will find cluttered pages filled with distracting advertisements and links to unrelated content.

Quality

WebMD's information on common medical tests and procedures is detailed and reliable. Less common tests is less comprehensive but still valuable. All content is evidence-based and reviewed by medical professionals. While more multimedia content would be beneficial, this is a good website for introductory materials.

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 and review by subject area experts. Each page also features a date of review, most of which are less than two years old.

Pros

  1. In-depth information about a wide variety of common laboratory and procedural testing
  2. Concise, readable content

Cons

  1. Many topics feel out of place or extraneous
  2. Intrusive advertisements interfere with a smooth browsing experience
  3. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results

Profile

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

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

Additional Features: Slideshows, quizzes, disease-specific assessment tools

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

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