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Table 3 Recommended Websites for Patients and Consumers

From: The quality of online consumer health information at the intersection of complementary and alternative medicine and arthritis

Website Name URL DISCERN Score (Sum of our 75.00) Overall DISCERN Score (Question 16, out of 5.00) Website Category Target Audience Frequency of Updates
Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350777 69.50 4.64 Professional Healthcare providers, researchers, patients/public, prospective employees/volunteers Website states that content is updated regularly following a schedule and whenever necessary to reflect new/revised findings. The precise frequency of updates is not clear.
UpToDate https://www.uptodate.com/contents/complementary-and-alternative-therapies-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-beyond-the-basics 69.50 4.64 Health Portal Healthcare providers, researchers, patients/public The content is updated daily.
Medical News Today https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325760
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324446
67.50 4.50 News Healthcare providers, researchers, patients/public Website states that content is continually reviewed and updated. The precise frequency of updates is not available.
Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center https://www.hopkinsarthritis.org/patient-corner/disease-management/ra-complementary-alternative-medicine/ 67.00 4.47 Professional Healthcare providers, patients/public Information on the precise frequency of website updates is not clear.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/rheumatoid-arthritis-in-depth 67.00 4.47 Government Healthcare providers, researchers, patients/public Website states that some parts are updated daily while other areas of the website may not be updated for weeks or months.
St. Luke’s Hospital https://www.stlukes-stl.com/health-content/medicine/33/000118.htm 66.00 4.43 Professional Healthcare providers, patients/public Information on the precise frequency of website updates is not clear.
WebMD https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/rheumatoid-arthritis-natural-treatments#1
https://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/features/alternative-arthritis-treatments#1
https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/features/complementary-therapy#1
65.50 4.37 Health Portal Healthcare providers, researchers, patients/public Website states that corrections and updates to the material happen regularly, but information on the precise frequency of website updates is not clear.
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health University of Wisconsin https://www.fammed.wisc.edu/integrative/resources/modules/osteoarthritis/ 65.50 4.37 Professional Healthcare providers, researchers, patients/public, prospective medical students Information on the precise frequency of website updates is not clear.
Arthritis Health https://www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/alternative-treatments/integrative-medicine-arthritis-pain-relief
https://www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/alternative-treatments
64.50 4.30 Health Portal Healthcare providers, patients/public Information on the precise frequency of website updates is not clear.
Everyday Health https://www.everydayhealth.com/ 62.00 4.14 News Healthcare providers, patients/public Information on the precise frequency of website updates is not clear.
Healthline https://www.healthline.com/ 61.50 4.10 Health Portal Healthcare providers, patients/public Website states that articles are updated when new information becomes available. Information on the precise frequency of website updates is not clear.
Practical Pain Management https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/ 61.50 4.10 Health Portal Healthcare providers, patients/public Website states that content is updated regularly. Information on the precise frequency of website updates is not clear.
Spine Universe https://www.spineuniverse.com/ 60.50 4.03 Health Portal Healthcare providers, patients/public The content is updated daily.
National Health Service United Kingdom https://www.nhs.uk/ 60.00 4.10 Government Healthcare providers, researchers, patients/public The content is updated daily.