Recommended

COPD Foundation

The COPD Foundation is a great source for comprehensive information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The site provides many excellent educational materials on how to cope with COPD and reduced breathing capacity, offering breathing techniques and exercise tips.The site is recommended for all audiences due to its credible content which is in-line with current medical thinking.

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Review Date: 10/29/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Clear navigation menu guides users to the site's different sections. A side menu have collapsible subtopics as well. The site's autofill search bar is powerful and users the option to filter results by relevance or date. Users need to register before accessing some parts of the website like educational materials and the COPD360social forum. Otherwise, the site's usability is easy to grasp.

Visual Design

The website is clearly designed and maintained by professionals. However, pages tend to be busy, with too much content vying for the user's attention. Additionally, there is a noticeable lack of images and visual media on the site's health content.

Quality

Despite the lack of references, the content seems to be reliable. The information is accurate, detailed, and patient-centered, and will provide a good understanding of COPD. This comprehensive site can provide high-quality educational material for all audiences trying to learn more about COPD.

Credibility

The site has excellent accreditations and appears to be monitored by qualified medical professionals; however, none are identified. The currency of the content is uncertain due to the lack of posting or review dates.

Pros

  1. Good focus on COPD self-management like avoiding breathing techniques and exercise
  2. Medically accurate articles about the diagnosis, treatment, and information on many aspects of COPD
  3. Practical tips for family members who help patients with advanced lung disease

Cons

  1. The site's information relies heavily on its own perspective for authority
  2. Some information may not be current, since topics are not dated

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The COPD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2004

Accreditations: GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency, National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certified

Additional Features: Online chat, toll-free hotline, COPD risk screener, online community, videos, imagazine

Languages: English

Contact: info@copdfoundation.org