(Bethesda, MD) -- The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has rated the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's website -- www.cff.org -- the top online source of information about cystic fibrosis. In its “Best of the Web” review of 2008, the American Thoracic Society evaluated 150 websites containing information about cystic fibrosis.
“This is an outstanding site with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available for most issues regarding cystic fibrosis,” noted the American Thoracic Society in its review, adding: “The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the preeminent organization involved with matters relating to cystic fibrosis in the United States, if not the world.”
The American Thoracic Society conducts an annual review of respiratory health websites to help healthcare professionals and patients identify the most reliable, current sources of information. Websites are rated based on five criteria: authority, currency, accuracy, navigation and readability, and utility. The Foundation's website earned the highest rating in all five categories -- five stars.
“We strive to provide the best online information about cystic fibrosis and to be a valuable resource for anyone affected by this disease,” said Amy DeMaria, senior vice president of communications of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “We are honored to be recognized by the American Thoracic Society.”
About the American Thoracic Society
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is a non-profit, international, professional and scientific society for respiratory, critical care and sleep medicine. The ATS is committed to the prevention and treatment of respiratory disease through research, education, patient care and advocacy. The long-range goal of the ATS is to decrease morbidity and mortality from respiratory, critical care and sleep disorders and life threatening acute illnesses in people of all ages. In keeping with these goals, the American Thoracic Society interacts with both national and international organizations which have similar goals.
About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to curing and controlling cystic fibrosis. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation has more than 80 chapters and branch offices throughout the country and supports and accredits a nationwide network of 115 care centers, which provide vital treatments and other CF resources to patients and families.
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