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National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

Busy professionals who care for diabetics and may be in need of peer-reviewed information for themselves or patient education materials for their patients should look no further than the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

The NDIC was established in 1978 to increase knowledge and understanding about diabetes among patients, health care professionals, and the general public. To carry out this mission, NDIC works closely with NIDDK's Diabetes Research and Training Centers; the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP); professional, patient, and voluntary associations; Government agencies; and State health departments to identify and respond to informational needs about diabetes and its management.

The NDIC helps patients and practitioners by providing the following informational products and services:

Response to inquiries about diabetes--ranging from information about available patient and professional education materials to statistical data. By phone (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time, M-F), fax, mail, and e-mail.

Publications about all aspects of diabetes, provided free of copyright, in varying reading levels. Available online or as booklets and brochures. (See NDIC's Publications List and order form for bulk orders.)

The Combined Health Information Database (CHID), a database of health education materials, is produced by health-related agencies of the Federal Government. NDIC maintains the diabetes subfile of thousands of references to materials produced for patients and health care professionals, including fact sheets, brochures, and audiovisual materials.

This is the type of site that patients should be encouraged to use. The information is reviewed, dependable and free to access from around the world. Physicians, nurses and allied health professionals can use any of the information on the site without worry about copyright and can stock waiting rooms and education classes with NDIC materials. You can visit the site at

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