Top 10 Patient Education Websites

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First Published: 
Jun 2012

Key Learnings contained in this article:

As part of FREE Patient Education Material offer we have written this post to showcase some of the best examples of patient education websites on the web to help you develop your own site.

Please note that these are in no particular order.

Patients Like Me

  • Intuitive registration process
  • Simple interface
  • All the patient advice is delivered by other patients

  • Simple layout with text clearly labelled
  • Simple tabbed navigation
  • Excellent use of minimalist colours


  • Icon/image based navigation
  • Demographic based menu system
  • Colour coded health tools

American College of Rheumatology

  • List based resources
  • Author and date provided to show authority and how new information is
  • Linear navigation

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

  • Simple text based interface
  • Straightforward hierarchical navigation
  • Excellent use of colours
  • Neat and tidy

Cardio Smart

  • Profile based navigation
  • Good use of stock imagery
  • Focus on content

Mayo Clinic

  • Great use of case studies integrate with imagery
  • Use of questions as menu navigation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention YouTube Channel

  • Excellent use of video in patient education
  • All videos themed and consistent
  • Good use of playlist or ease of navigation

Diabetes Nest

  • Community curated content
  • Excellent use of social media to drive content

NICE Pathways

  • Not a patient education website but navigation system worth a mention
  • Interactive query based navigation for advice and guidance for health professionals
  • Innovative method of finding appropriate guidance

We have also listed some tools to help you determine whether your own patient education website could be a winner;

The HON Code of Conduct for medical and health Web sites (HONcode)

The HONcode is the code of conduct of the Health On the Net Foundation and is applied for voluntary health/medical websites. It was initiated in 1995 and has since grown to become the most widely used and best trusted ethical code for health/medical websites.

The Minervation validation instrument for healthcare websites (LIDA tool)

A simple web based tool for people to measure the accessibility, usability and reliability of healthcare websites.

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CEO of Rx Values Group Ltd
MSc(hons), NZSRN
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