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PATIENTS WITH inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and their families will be looking for practical advice and support, so let them know about these online resources. You can use these sites to download fact sheets to help them learn more about the disease and guide them to support groups in their communities.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


This resource offers basic information on IBD. Patients can learn more about the two most common IBDs, Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis, including signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options.


Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America


Detailed education and awareness information, coping tips, and the latest news and research are featured on this comprehensive site. Discussion boards, support groups, and a detailed resource center are also provided along with a separate section for kids and teens dealing with IBD.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self-Help and Support Group


This community site offers support for people with IBD through blogs, chat rooms, videos, and more. Visitors are encouraged to share their stories and coping strategies, as well as ask questions in several online forums. Information is provided on local and regional support groups throughout the United States.


WebMD IBD Center


The latest news on IBD research, along with detailed facts on treatment and coping strategies, can be found on this site. An expert blog, slideshows, and videos provide in-depth information. Visitors can join discussion groups and online communities to share their concerns with others with IBD.