Our Editorial Process
We know trust is earned, so we’re happy to share more about how Healthline creates content that’s accurate, straightforward, current, and actionable.
Finding health and wellness information is easy. It’s everywhere. But finding trustworthy, relevant, usable information can be hard and even overwhelming. Healthline is changing all that. We’re making health information understandable and accessible so you can make the best decisions for yourself and the people you love.
We simplify complex topics and avoid unnecessary jargon so you can feel confident and take action. Whether you’re looking for fact-based guidance about a specific condition, an episodic health issue, or general wellness, we’re here for you.
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.
We want to be your most trusted ally in your pursuit of health and wellness.
Our content creation process
The Healthline editorial and medical teams are committed to creating quality content and experiences by upholding the highest journalistic standards. We strive to provide comprehensive, unbiased, honest, and timely guidance and actionable next steps.
Our team of experts
Healthline’s content is created, fact-checked, and reviewed by qualified writers, editors, clinicians, and other contributors. From surgeons and midwives to oncologists and pharmacists, a vetted group of consulting medical professionals supports our in-house editorial team, including our licensed nutritionists and dietitians.
Our robust review process
Healthline’s clinical and drug content is medically reviewed by a team of medical professionals or fact-checked by professional journalists to ensure accuracy. Our medical reviewer team covers a wide range of medical specialties, with extensive experience in clinical practice, research, and patient advocacy.
Healthline carefully assesses all potential health and wellness writers. We vet our content creators for subject matter expertise and relevant life experience. We train them on research and sourcing best practices, and we provide regular feedback and ongoing coaching.
Our references, sources, and citations
We have strict sourcing guidelines and rely on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, government agencies, and medical associations.
Every article is thoroughly researched, and sources are vetted to ensure they are recent, authoritative, and objective. Primary sources, including studies, scientific references, and statistics, are linked within each article or can be found in the resources section at the bottom of our articles.
Our experts continually monitor the health and wellness space, and we update our articles when new information becomes available. We have a set maintenance schedule for articles, but updates can also be prompted by:
- changes in standards of care
- new clinical guidelines
- drug approvals or recalls
- major practice recommendations
- reader feedback or concerns
When a reader alerts us about a potential issue with our content — such as inaccurate, outdated, unclear, or contradictory information — we take immediate action. Our editorial and medical teams research the feedback, determine what revisions are needed, and republish the updated content.
If you have any questions or comments about our content please visit this page.
Our style and voice
Our voice is warm and approachable — yet brave and progressive. 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.
We largely follow Associated Press style and our proprietary Healthline Style Guide, which focuses on simplicity, accuracy, empathy, and inclusivity. We use positive language that inspires hope and action. We keep our commitment to conscious language by engaging with community advocates and researching language trends within health communities. We choose our words carefully, seeking to remove stigmas and empower our readers.
We can’t expect to be your trusted ally unless we put you at the center of everything we do. Our standards call on everyone who touches our content to consider the reader’s viewpoint — to be empathetic.
You’ll notice our language is warm and conversational, and our next steps are clear and actionable. Beyond being approachable and transparent, we use conscious, respectful language that promotes inclusivity and compassion. This user-centric approach is at the forefront of our editorial approach.
Your feedback is welcome
We’re determined to provide you with the very best experience. 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.