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WebMD – Men’s Health

WebMD - Men's Health has comprehensive and detailed content that addresses health & wellness issues in men, such as diet & fitness, sexuality, grooming, and common health concerns. Many diseases and conditions, either specific to men, such as prostate cancer, or that may affect men differently, such as heart disease, are also discussed in detail. This section is recommended as a high quality source of information for men that they will want to visit repeatedly.

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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 disorganized jumble 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. Worse, many of those choices are not specific to Men's Health. 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

This section's comprehensive and credible content is a great place to visit for all things men's health. 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, but this section could be a definitive destination for men who are interested in improving their health.

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 men can be assured that the information presented is credible and will help them understand many of the health issues specific to them.

Pros

  1. Takes a comprehensive view of men's health, not focusing on any single aspect of health or lifestyle issue
  2. Makes an effort to simplify complex health topics into user-friendly language and appropriate detail
  3. Articles go into a good amount of depth while also providing additional links to explore further

Cons

  1. Men will need to consult other websites or WebMD's condition-specific pages for information specific to individual diseases
  2. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  3. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results, many of which are irrelevant, without any filtering options
  4. Need to navigate multiple sections and pages per topic and link to other articles to get an overall/more complete picture

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

Accreditations: HON seal (Nov. 2018), TRUSTe-certified, URAC-accredited

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, newsletter

Languages: English

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