Legal Notices and Disclaimers
Our Editorial Policy outlines the evaluation process all
health information content goes through. We want you to rely on us as a
trustworthy, quality resource of health information. Medical experts have
reviewed the content on this site for clinical accuracy. You'll have information
on who wrote an article and when it was written and updated.
As a user of this site it is important that you are
informed about our editorial processes and guidelines. We want you to know that
we value your use of the site and want to earn your trust. As a health care
organization, we strive to provide you with accurate, comprehensive, and
reliable health information that you can use to inform yourself as patients or
caregivers. We have not provided health information written for a doctor or in
medical terms, unless you are accessing a professional health content site.
The health information we provide for consumers is
written specifically for consumers and patients to understand symptoms, a
diagnosis, or a complicated illness. In addition, we provide you with a
multitude of resources that supply you with more information on community
self-help groups and access to content that can help you find the same clinical
research that your doctor or clinician uses.
We feel it is critical that you know about our editorial
processes so you can judge, on your own, the type of health information we
provide on this site. The following sections provide detailed information on who
provides the information for us, how the health information is evaluated, who
writes the information, and how we use sponsored health information. In addition, we
outline our conflict of interest policy.
It is important you understand that the health
information content offered on this site cannot replace nor is it meant to
represent a health care patient-provider relationship. You must always consult
with a professional
for diagnosis and treatment for specific health problems.
What you can expect from us
How we evaluate the health information you
We strive to review and evaluate the health information
that is provided here on this site and make every effort
to ensure that it is clinically and medically accurate, reliable, complete, and timely.
What you can expect from us
- We will post, whenever possible, who wrote the
material, where it came from, who reviewed it, and when it was written and
- We have not presented to you, to our knowledge, any
health information that is false, misleading, or has claims of therapeutic
benefit without sufficient clinical support.
- We do not, to our knowledge, allow health information
on this site that promotes ineffective or dangerous products.
- We will make every effort to show to you all relevant
information about sponsored content so you can evaluate and create an opinion
on such content.
- It is not our intention to gather information about you on what health
information you look at that could be used to identify you. Please see our
How we use sponsored health information
In some instances, we allow companies to sponsor health information topics or
specific pages of content on our site. We do not intend to allow sponsors to
influence content. However, sponsored programs that appear on the site may
contain information that the sponsor writes or has written for it. In these and
in all cases where sponsorship appears, our goal is to provide you with the
following information, when it relates to the sponsored program:
- The sponsor's involvement in selecting the content
that is shown.
- The sponsor's involvement in preparing the content
that is shown.
- The sponsor's involvement in search engine priority
listing of results.
- The sponsor's involvement in product listings.
- The sponsor's involvement in other preferences or
presentations of information that appear before users.
- A description of revenues or fees that are generated from sponsored
How we identify conflicts of
As a consumer of this site, you deserve to know if any
of the authors who publish articles and other information have a conflict of
interest with the topic they are writing about. A conflict of interest takes
place when an author, reviewer, or editor has a bias toward the material he or
she is writing, evaluating, or editing. This bias causes a conflict when it
influences the person's ability to render neutral opinions, research, comments,
or judgments. Sample conflicts of interest in the health care field are in the
area of scientific research and specific financial relationships or exclusive
affiliations with companies or organizations that have potential influence over
that research; for example, a medical researcher who conducts medical research on a drug and is paid by the pharmaceutical company
that manufacturers that drug. Conflicts can additionally exist through
employment, stock ownership, family affiliations, consulting arrangements, and academic competition.
It is our goal to provide as much unbiased health
information content as possible to you. However, there will be instances where
authors, reviewers, and editors have existing financial relationships or
affiliations that may hint at a conflict of interest. We will make every effort
to disclose these conflicts so you can make an educated decision about how that conflict may influence the information you're
The conflict of interest policies set forth here are
modeled after the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
These are our conflict of interest
- We ask all authors who publish information on our
site to sign a conflict of interest agreement for each document they write.
- We ask authors to tell us if a conflict exists, and
if one does to detail how that conflict influences the material; for example,
if the author has a financial relationship or affiliation with a company or
holds stock in a company that he or she is writing about.
- We ask editors or reviewers to disclose conflicts of
interest and request that they disqualify themselves from reviewing or editing
specific material if there is a potential conflict.
- We strive to post any conflict of interest along side
the information we publish to give details on the conflict so you can decide
if the information you read is influenced.
- We ask the companies from which we license health
information to tell us if any of their authors have conflicts of interest, and
if so to provide that information to us so we can inform you.
- We will not intentionally publish any health
information or research articles that have been directly influenced by an
author's research so much that it skews results toward being favorable to an
author's financial relationships or affiliations.
- If fraud or plagiarism is discovered, we will immediately bring it to the
attention of the appropriate individuals and organizations and remove the
information from our site until an investigation is completed.
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