Patient Resources

The Doctor’s have compiled the following articles and diets addressing several important gastroenterological topics. Please select the topic you are interested in learning more about from the list below.

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Please follow the links below to the most frequented professional societies and organizations.  By clicking on these sites you will find available a wealth of information regarding Gastroenterology.

Online Professional Organizations in Digestive Diseases

American College of Gastroenterology
Collection of practice guidelines in gastroenterology with abstracts and references; the forum “GI Focus” provides discussion on clinical topics encountered in daily practice; online journal American Journal of Gastroenterology; consumer health brochures; gastroenterology physician locator.
The American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Online journal The Journal of The American Dietetic Association with abstracts; extensive list of nutrition related web sites for professionals and the public; searches for registered dietitians in any regions of US; very useful nutrition fact sheets for the public.
American Gastroenterological Association
A well organized and sophisticated site; online journal Gastroenterology; practice guidelines for clinicians; public policy issues for the physician; practice management tools; gastroenterological locator service for all states in the United States; public discussion forum on digestive diseases.
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Online journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; clinical practice guidelines; patient educational materials on endoscopic procedures.
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Online journals Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and Nutrition
and Clinical Practice
; information on several important publications such as “Nutrition Support Team Resources”; clinical practice guidelines; nutrition support clinical pathways; roster of regional chapters.
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Practice parameters on common colorectal problems; informational directory of residency programs; ListServ for colorectal surgery community; well prepared patient brochures on common problems such as hemorrhoids. 
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
Online Journal Surgical Endoscopy; online bulletin “SCOPE”; clinical practice guidelines; position statements and standards e.g., on granting privileges for GI endoscopy by surgeons; information of fellowship programs.
Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associations Inc.
Position statements on the role of endoscopy nurses in all aspects of endoscopy; discussion forum.
United European Gastroenterology Federation
An umbrella organization of gastroenterology in Europe.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Up-to-date news on the subject; weekly data on national waiting lists on different organs; center specific data on graft and patient survival by state; help to patients on choosing a center.
Digestive Disease Resources for the Public
Celiac Disease Foundation
Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.
Gas and Flatulence Prevention Diet
Here is a site for patients to obtain useful information on what causes gas, and more importantly what to eat and what to avoid.
American Liver Foundation(ALF)
Comprehensive and detailed patient education materials about liver diseases and prevention; liver transplantation and organ donation. 
Center Watch–Clinical Trial Listings for Gastroenterology
International listing of ongoing clinical trials by geographic region and disease categories.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Inc.
Instructional materials about all aspects of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis; including concerns specific to women and children; weekly news updates; an online forum where questions can be directed to the specialists.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada
Bilingual with English and French sections; excerpts from monthly publication, The Journal; patient information materials. 
Helicobacter Foundation
Extensive materials for patients and professionals on Helicobacter pylori including its history, epidemiology, and current treatments updated by Barry Marshall, the discoverer of H. pylori; National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus statements.
Hepatitis B Coalition
“Vaccinate Adults!”–an online newsletter for adult medicine specialists; patient education materials available in several languages; links to hepatitis and immunization sites; IAC Express, an e-mail news service.
Hepatitis B Foundation
Patient education materials about all aspects of hepatitis B with advice for patients and carriers; a “drug watch” for drug therapies in carious testing stages and information for those interested in participating in clinical trials; directory of  hepatologists; glossary of useful phone numbers.
Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI)
A multilingual site with English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese sections; detailed information on hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, and F.
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)
Educational pamphlets and fact sheets; a quarterly newsletter–“Participate.”
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help Group
Bulletin board; online library; medication listing; FAQs.
United Ostomy Association Inc. (UOA)
“Ask the Doctor”–an online advice forum; patient education and self-care handbooks; FAQs on ostomy.
Wilson’s Disease Association (WDA)
Patient education and other literature; listserv for individuals afflicted by Wilson’s disease.
MEDline Plus, through National Institutes of Health
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Diabetes Association.
American Cancer Society
American Academy of Pediatrics
Operated by divisions of the Dept. of Health and Human Services and
Georgetown University
BioMedCentral: Gastroenterology
GastroLab Endoscopy: Endoscopy Pictures Archive *contains graphic images*
Journal Watch: Gastroenterology
Merck Manual of Therapy: Gastrointestinal Disorders
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Centers for Disease Control
Water and Traveler’s Diarrhea

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