Our editorial process – Medical News Today

How we provide trustworthy, accessible, and accurate information
At Medical News Today, we’re committed to providing trustworthy, accessible, and accurate information so our readers are equipped to care for their health and wellness. We use an established editorial process to ensure we’re providing the best possible information.
Our editorial process is the backbone of everything we do. We use this process to make sure that everything we publish meets our high standards.
Our team creates and edits every piece of content based on the four pillars of our editorial process:
These pillars ensure that our readers can always find the timely, evidence-based information they 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 both physical and mental health to maximize overall well-being. We openly and objectively cover a range of topics and viewpoints to give people the information they need to manage their health effectively.
We know that every person’s situation, experiences, and preferences are different, so we stand for inclusivity and empathy. We’re here — free of judgment — for everyone seeking better health.
People come to MNT to get accurate information, 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. Through our feature content, we share individual perspectives with empathy, candor, and respect.
Here’s how we make sure 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 guide directs our writers and editors to focus on readability, clarity, empathy, inclusivity, real-life application, quality sourcing, and clear citations.
Although our voice is warm and approachable, we also aim to be transparent, brave, and progressive. We use conscious, empathetic, and respectful language that promotes inclusivity and compassion. We tell judgment-free stories and make intentional choices to remove stigma and stereotypes, and to avoid injecting bias.
Here at MNT, 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 prevent stigma and empower our readers.
As language evolves, we evolve with it. We also understand that 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 our readers at the center of everything we do. Our choice of language reflects this view.
Health information is constantly changing. New research emerges, old ideas are disproven, and terminology goes out of date.
At MNT, we continually monitor and update our content so that 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 they can update our content to reflect the latest, most accurate, and most useful information.
As a result, our content may include a variety of dates. These include:
Here are some of the ways we continually monitor and update content:
At MNT, our readers are our top priority. We strive to be an ally in everyone’s journey to health and wellness. Our editorial process ensures that we can provide the most accurate, relevant, and accessible content possible.
We’re always working hard to 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.
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