At Healthline, we’re committed to providing you with trustworthy, accessible, and accurate information so you’re equipped to care for your health and wellness. We use an established Editorial Process to ensure we’re giving you the best possible information.
Our Editorial Process was developed by the Healthline team. It’s the backbone of everything we do. But what is this process? How do we ensure that everything we publish meets our standards?
Our team creates and edits every piece of content based on the 4 pillars of our editorial process. These pillars — (1) earning and maintaining trust; (2) keeping high journalistic standards; (3) prioritizing accuracy, empathy, and inclusion; and (4) continual monitoring and updating of content — ensure that you can always find the timely, evidence-based information you need.
Health information is easy to find but it can be confusing, overwhelming, inaccurate, irrelevant, or inaccessible. We’re here to change that.
We provide content that is trustworthy, accurate, evidence-based, clear, understandable, accessible, empathetic, and actionable.
Throughout our content, we address total well-being and help you make the important connection between health and lifestyle. We call it “whole person health.” In support of that, we openly and objectively cover a range of topics and viewpoints.
We’re aware the journey is different for everyone, so we stand for inclusivity and empathy. We’re here — free of judgment — for everyone seeking better health.
You come to Healthline to get accurate information about your health, so it’s our responsibility to set high journalistic standards. Our news and educational content is unbiased, balanced, timely, actionable, research-backed, honest, and comprehensive. Our feature content brings forward individual perspectives with empathy, candor, and respect.
Here’s how we ensure we meet these standards:
We want to make sure that everything we publish is accessible and understandable to our readers. As such, we rely on a proprietary style guide based on the Associated Press Stylebook. This ensures our writers and editors are focusing on readability, clarity, empathy, inclusivity, real-life application, quality sourcing, and clear citations.
You’ll notice that our voice is warm and approachable — yet brave and progressive. Beyond being approachable and transparent, we use conscious, respectful language that promotes inclusivity and compassion. We use empathetic language to tell judgment-free stories, and we make intentional choices to remove stigma, stereotypes, and to avoid injecting bias.
Here at Healthline, conscious language is an ongoing commitment. We regularly engage with community advocates and research language trends within health communities. We choose our words carefully, seeking to combat stigmas and empower our readers.
As language evolves, we evolve with it. We also understand health touches each of us differently, so we respect people’s choice of words when sharing their personal stories. Ultimately, we can’t be a true ally unless we put you at the center of everything we do. Our use of language reflects this view.
Health information is constantly changing. New research emerges, old ideas are disproven, and terminology becomes out of date.
At Healthline, we continually monitor and update our content to make sure we’re sharing the most up-to-date and accurate information possible. To make this a reality, we have entire teams of editors and experts focused on identifying and updating inaccurate or unclear information.
Our Medical Integrity team keeps tabs on changes in standards of care, new clinical guidelines, drug approvals or recalls, and major practice recommendations. The team brings these insights to our editors and partners so that content can be updated to reflect the latest, most accurate, and most useful information.
You may see a few dates on our content. Each of these refers to a different step in our editorial process.
We undertake content updating and re-review as a result of several ongoing processes:
At Healthline, you are our top priority. We strive to be an ally in your journey to health and wellness. Our Editorial Process ensures that we can provide you with the most accurate, relevant, and accessible content possible.
We’re working hard to continually improve, so we want to hear from you if we could be doing better. If you have any questions or comments about the accuracy or usability of our content or feel an article is out of date, you can easily let us know by visiting this page.