Our editorial policy and practice

Our mission is to provide trusted, accurate and up-to-date health information to the general public and healthcare professionals around the world. Throughout our site, our editorial information, in both our clinical pages, wellbeing pages and blogs are kept free from commercial interests and pressures. Our information reflects reliable research evidence, recognised UK and European medical guidelines and best clinical practice. Our editorial uses UK spelling.

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Our clinical editorial pages consist of 1,000s of articles (which can be printed as ‘leaflets’), written in clear, easy-to-understand language for patients and the general public. This information is authored and peer-reviewed by our team of doctors and pharmacists. The information covers a comprehensive range of medical conditions, medicines and drugs. This clinical team also author our professional reference editorial, which is intended for the use of medical professionals. Members of our clinical editorial team must confirm they have no conflicts of interest in that their creation of content is free from all academic and commercial pressures to promote particular research or products.

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Certified by The Information Standard

Our clinical editorial articles are certified to meet The Information Standard, which is NHS England’s ‘quality mark’ for health and care information, and we accept its aims to improve the quality of health information provided to the public. Like all other organisations who have achieved The Information Standard, we undergo rigorous assessment to check that the information we provide is clear, accurate, balanced and up-to-date.

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Check for updates

To keep abreast of new guidelines and reviews, each month the Clinical Editor systematically scans the websites of the main providers of guidelines as mentioned above, plus the MIMs monthly magazine, which includes préces of new guidelines and new drugs that have just been licensed, and GP magazine for news and comment about new clinical developments.

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Peer-review and proofread

The editorial process includes a clinical peer-review of all authored content which considers accuracy (in relation to UK practice), balance, accessibility and tone; proofreading by a designated member of staff for spelling, typographic or grammatical errors, consistency of terminology, adherence to house style, overall presentation and a final sign-off by the author.

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Review dates

The editorial process includes a clinical peer-review of all authored content which considers accuracy (in relation to UK practice), balance, accessibility and tone; proofreading by a designated member of staff for spelling, typographic or grammatical errors, consistency of terminology, adherence to house style, overall presentation and a final sign-off by the author.

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Feedback

We encourage user feedback on a simple form available from the bottom of every clinical page we publish on our website. All constructive feedback is considered and investigated and, if necessary, the authored content is revised as soon as possible.

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We work with a team of experienced health, wellbeing, nutrition and fitness writers, journalists and bloggers who specialise in creating well-researched, ‘of-the-moment’ advice and expert analysis which is scientifically accurate and, at times, thought-provoking, to help you and your family to live life well. Many of our wellbeing writers are also qualified medical or sports professionals.

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