EBSCO Information Services' Editorial Policy

Nature Of EBSCO Information Services Content
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Claims of Therapeutic Benefit
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EBSCO Information Services is a leader in publishing health and medical information on the Internet. While we make every effort to ensure that our content is based on scientific evidence and reflects current standards of care, the information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for the clinical services provided by physicians and other health professionals. The purpose of our content is only to provide users with health information and access to related resources. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before arriving at a diagnosis or embarking on a course of treatment.

Nature of EBSCO Information Services Content

EBSCO Information Services provides two main sources of content: proprietary and licensed.

Proprietary Content

To the extent possible, EBSCO Information Services' proprietary health information: 1) is evidence-based, 2) reflects national clinical practice guidelines, 3) is free of racial, gender, or other bias, and 4) undergoes a rigorous, multilayered review before it reaches customers. Proprietary content is developed using a number of medical sources:
  • Newswire reports
  • Professional journals
  • Government health agencies
  • Academic departments
  • National healthcare associations
All of EBSCO Information Services' proprietary content is written by in-house writers/editors or contract writers. All in-house staff writers/editors have degrees in public health, health communication, or related fields and are under the supervision of a Medical Director, who is a licensed physician. Contract writers are either healthcare professionals with experience writing for a consumer audience or hold advanced degrees in health journalism, public health, or related fields. Proprietary content is reviewed on a scheduled basis by in-house physicians, which includes the Medical Director, and by members of the EBSCO Information Services Medical Review Board, an external review board consisting of licensed physicians and allied healthcare professionals. The EBSCO Information Services Medical Review Board is comprised of physicians or medical professionals (RD,RN, etc.) with expertise in a wide range of areas, including oncology, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics,internal medicine, orthopedics, geriatrics, cardiology, family practice, genetics, infectious disease, andhealth policy. They are experts in their respective fields, and have affiliations with some of the finestmedical and research institutions in the world. Information regarding the EBSCO Information Services Medical Review Board isavailable online or upon request.All Medical Review Board members are required to submit evidence of professional credentials and licensure to EBSCO Information Services. Medical Review Board members are required to notify EBSCO Information Services in a timely manner of any adverse change in licensure or certification status. In response to adverse changes in licensure or certification status, EBSCO Information Services may implement corrective action, including cancellation or non-extension of the employment agreement. No member is placed in the position of providing clinical services.Proprietary content is medically reviewed and/or revised on a scheduled basis, depending on the nature of the content and how rapidly it is likely to change. In addition, procedures are in place to ensure that "emergency" updates, such as a drug being removed from the marketplace, occur within one week of the original announcement.To provide the highest quality in our content, EBSCO implements a dual review process. Each proprietaryrecord in the EBSCO collection goes through these processes:A Medical Review Board member will survey existing records to determine if updates or changes are needed as a result of new scientific findings in the area. Recordsthat have no new information will be identified and updated with the Medical Reviewer’s name, credentials, and most recent review date. Recordsthat need updates will be sent through an update review process.When a record goes through this review, a member of our Medical Review Board will review a new or existingrecord and implement updates or changes as needed, based on new scientific findings in the area.These records will then be updated in our collection with the Medical Reviewer’s name and credentials, as well as any applicable references used and most recent review date. Content is also updated continuously as important evidence that is sufficient to change consumer health information is identified through a systematic literature surveillance process.Update ScheduleContent in the Health Library falls into three categories. The following is the update schedule for eachcategory of content:
  1. Top Tier Content—This content includes condition fact sheets, procedure facts sheets, andarticles in the Centers of Excellence. This content is scheduled for full review within a 12-month period. Articles are updated if they have become outdated. These articles may beupdated more frequently as a result of new studies that impact the patient informationcontained within the fact sheet format. Health Library leverages the systematic surveillanceof literature process of other EBSCO Information Services point-of-care products to update the content.
  2. Middle Tier Content—This content includes wellness and therapeutic articles. This contentis scheduled for full review within a 12- or 24-month period. Outdated articles are updated, rewritten, orremoved from the collection.
  3. Historic/Timeless Content—This content includes current research in top journals,interviews, recipes, and more. This collection of articles is reviewed by medicalprofessionals as part of the creation process. This content is not updated nor is it updated veryfrequently, as it reflects a historic/timeless content type (interviews, summaries of research,etc.), and therefore does not require a regular review/update.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine ContentEBSCO Information Services provides extensive information in the area of complementary and alternative medicine(CAM). Encyclopedic CAM content (Natural & Alternative Treatments (NAT)) is written and reviewed by physician experts in the field ofCAM, cited extensively, and updated regularly. No claims of therapeutic benefit are made withoutadequate citations from the medical literature.

Licensed Content

EBSCO Information Services licenses certain content sources from third-party vendors. Due diligence is performedbefore an agreement for distribution rights is negotiated with the content supplier.Before licensing any content from third-party providers, EBSCO Information Services determines that, at aminimum, the content source is: (1) evidence-based and consistent with national practice guidelines(where applicable), (2) reviewed and updated by the licensee according to a regular, pre-determinedschedule, and (3) free of racial, gender, or other biases. EBSCO Information Services assesses whether itslicensed content sources continue to meet these standards on an ongoing basis.EBSCO Information Services’ licensed content is provided by the following vendors:Drug InformationAHFS Consumer Medication Information, published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists contains drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers. AHFS is available in Spanish and is updated monthly.Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryProvides definitions of more than 55,000 medical terms.Consumer Health NewsA selected medical news service that provides consumer health information updates on a daily basis.Currently provided through a partnership with HealthDay News.

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