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WEB ALERT

WEB ALERT

Fischer, Anastasia N. MD

Editor(s): Dexter, William W. MD

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Current Sports Medicine Reports: February 2005 - Volume 4 - Issue 1 - p 3-5
doi: 10.1097/01.CSMR.0000306063.29273.3f
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About

http://orthopedics.about.com

About is a site designed primarily as a search engine for a wide range of topics. From the home web site, one can click on “Health and Fitness,” and from there reach an extensive range of topics, from alternative medicine, to fitness/wellness, to orthopedics or physical therapy. The “Orthopedics” chapter includes an extensive index of common complaints, as well as a word search feature. All information sections appear to be written by a Dr. Jonathan Cluett, who is “chief resident of orthopedic surgery at a hospital in Washington, DC.” Dr. Cluett's page describes his training. He states that “this site is aimed at people interested in learning more about orthopedics. Every other week a new feature will be presented, focused on helping patients become informed to make wise decisions regarding their orthopedic health care.” Also included in the site are links to “Orthopedics Offers,” which features web sites leading to braces and other devices for purchase, a “Buyers Guide,” and “Sponsored Links.” The site is easy to navigate and includes very basic patient-oriented information that may be helpful for those newly diagnosed with a disease or condition.

Access requirements: None.

MedFriendly

http://www.medfriendly.com

MedFriendly is a site for patients where “medical information is easy to understand.” The webmaster and founder of MedFriendly is Dr. Dominic Carone, a neuropsychologist researcher at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center in New York, who personally writes all of the entries to the site. The index is alphabetical or a word search can be used, and although the entries that exist are excellent for patient information, it is not an inclusive site. For example, the information found on turf toe syndrome is comprehensive, but lateral epicondylitis and anterior cruciate ligament tears can not be found. The site appears to be sponsored by Barnes and Noble booksellers (New York, NY), as a link to related books can be found at the top of every page. Navigation around the site is difficult as most phrases (such as anterior cruciate ligament) can't be found, and unless you know exactly what you're searching for, you're likely not to find it. The site appears to be updated at least annually, with the last notice from July 2003.

Access requirements: None.

My Foot Shop

http://www.myfootshop.com

My Foot Shop is a site that centers its patient information about the foot and ankle. The site includes a section called “The Foot and Ankle Knowledge Base” with articles written on many common foot and ankle complaints by doctors of podiatric medicine. The site is updated every year or so, and includes additional references as well as links to products recommended to treat each disease discussed. The index is inclusive and extensive, and there is also a keyword search available. The site does include advertisements.

Access requirements: None.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

http://www.upmc.com/DiseasesConditions.htm

The “Diseases & Conditions” portion of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center patient information web site includes many common orthopedic complaints with extensive information on overview, diagnosis, treatment options, research, and resources. The site is indexed alphabetically by subject matter and is quite easy to navigate if you know the term you're searching for. This gives good basic information to patients about their newly diagnosed disease or condition. Although there is a word search feature, it does not automatically link the reader to the “Diseases & Conditions” portion of the site, which is the most user-friendly, patient-oriented portion of the site. The articles found from the search engine are quite good for physicians, but will most likely not give patients the information they're looking for about their disease. There is no advertisement on the site.

Access requirements: None.

Professional Team Physicians

http://www.proteamphysicians.com

A very inclusive orthopedic site written by team physicians, this web site includes useful links for patients as well as physicians. The “Patient Services” section allows the patient to search for disease based on body part and includes an overview of the disease, causes, symptoms, orthopedic evaluation, considerations, treatment options, rehabilitation, and prevention of many common ailments. The section for physicians includes cases of interest, conference reports and links to several orthopedic organizations, continuing medical education listings, and membership information. The site is extremely easy to navigate and the information is comprehensive. There is some advertising on the site, but it does not interfere with reading.

Access requirements: None.

University Hospitals Department of Radiology

http://www.uhrad.com

A web site done by the department of radiology of University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, this web site features links to musculoskeletal teaching files. The cases are listed numerically, rather than alphabetically, which can make searching for the desired case difficult, but once found, the file includes a clinical history, radiographic films, an explanation of what is seen in each film, diagnosis, and discussion. A site that would be over the heads of most patients, it is an excellent site for teaching cases for residents or fellows. The site is in part supported by Siemens Corporation (Munich, Germany) and Marconi Medical (Coventry, UK), but no other advertisements are present.

Access requirements: None.

Virtual Hospital, Atlas of Human Anatomy in Cross Section

http://www.vh.org/adult/provider/anatomy/HumanAnatomy/CrossSectionAtlas.html

“Virtual Hospital is a digital health sciences library created in 1992 at the University of Iowa to help meet the information needs of health care providers and patients.” It contains a series of digital photographs of human cadavers in cross section with all anatomical structures well labeled. A very interesting way to review human anatomy, and compare with either computed tomography or MRI, this web site is a great review for physicians, and may provide patients (who can stomach it!) a way to help interpret their radiographs at home. There is also an adult patient topics section with various medical (including orthopedic) diseases or states listed alphabetically.

Access requirements: None.

MedicineNet.com

http://www.medicinenet.com

MedicineNet is presented by MedicineNet, Inc., a healthcare media publishing company in operation since 1996. It is a patient-oriented medical information web site with easy to search, easy to navigate, comprehensive features. Each site is written by a doctor in the related field, whose credentials are available on the site. There is advertisement on the right side of the screen, as well as on the bottom of each site; however, there are also helpful patient links for more information, national organizations, as well as support groups in various communities. There are focused sites for arthritis, chronic pain, feet and fitness, first aid, healthy living, osteoporosis, and weight management, and a search engine that will find related web sites for conditions not discussed on their site (such as anterior cruciate ligament repair)

Access requirements: None.

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