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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America website is a good source of basic information related to inflammatory bowel disease. There is a wide range of medical and non-medical information about the individual diseases, along with links to important patient and family resources, including financial. The website is recommended as an excellent place to find helpful resources for those dealing with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and as a first stop location for information about them.

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Review Date: 10/8/2019

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Ease of Use

There's a lot of information on this website. One result of how comprehensive the content is is that it's a little difficult to navigate, especially re-finding information. The site also employs a very small font that is hard to read. The search function does not autofill, but the results can be filtered making it easier to find what you need.

Visual Design

The visual contranst is low sometimes, and the site does feature some inconsistent design across the various sections. Otherwise, there are plenty of images and videos to engage visitors.

Quality

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation website has basic information about Crohn's and colitis, including additional content for the newly diagnosed patient. The information doesn't get very deep, especially details about different treatments, but does provide a broad overview of a wide range of topics. The material will appeal to a broad audience and covers an impressive array of additional information about many non-medical aspects of these diseases. Brochures are well referenced with fairly recent references and, therefore, are likely to reflect recent advances in the understanding and treatment of these diseases. Unfortunately, topic content found on the site does not.

Credibility

No authors are credited for the topics/articles, nor is there any indication of those responsible for the content. The credibility must be inferred from the reputation of the foundation and their Scientific Advisory Committee. While blogs, news coverage, and a few articles are current, reflecting current thought, the site content may not be, since publication or review dates are not provided. Brochures may be up to date, but you have to search for the most recent references to guess when they were created.

Pros

  1. Targets a wide variety of audiences, including the general public, professionals, teens, and parents
  2. Provides a broad overview of a wide range of topics, including an impressive array of information about many non-medical aspects of these diseases
  3. Research section does a good job explaining clinical trials while sharing stories from actual participants
  4. Professional appearance with a good amount of images, videos, infographics, and other forms of interactive multimedia

Cons

  1. It is unclear who is responsible for the educational information and what their qualifications are
  2. Much of the content may not represent the current understanding and treatments of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  3. There are a lot of drug company sponsors, but lack of specific treatment details mitigates this somewhat

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization founded in 1967, European Federation of Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis Associations, International Organization of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD), International Ostomy Association

Accreditations: BBB-accredited charity, Charity Navigator 3-star charity, GuideStar Silver Seal of Transparency, CharityWatch member

Additional Features: Brochures and fact sheets, videos, links to support groups and other resources, blogs, online support group, clinical trial enrollment, webinars, live chat with specialists, community forums, expert Q&A, summer camps

Languages: English

Contact: info@crohnscolitisfoundation.org

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