The Medical News Today team is committed to bringing you accurate, trustworthy, and unbiased health information. We appreciate your curiosity about our editorial process and are proud to share our rigorous standards with you.

We know that health information can be complex and confusing. We also understand that you don’t always have time to sift through a myriad of medical research to find the most relevant and reliable answers. Medical News Today gives you evidence-based information you can trust and use to make confident decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

Whether you’re looking for science-backed information on a specific health condition or you want to keep up to date with the latest news from the world of medicine, Medical News Today is here for you.

Journalistic integrity is of the utmost importance to the Medical News Today team. Our goal is to produce in-depth, accurate, honest, and unbiased content of the highest quality. We never compromise on this.

We employ a seven step editorial process to ensure that every piece of clinical content is infallible:

  1. Research
  2. Write
  3. Edit
  4. Medical Review or Fact Check
  5. Copy Edit
  6. Publish
  7. Review and Update

Medical News Today’s clinical content is written, fact checked, edited, and reviewed by qualified writers, editors, clinicians, and expert contributors. From nutritionists and surgeons to midwives and pharmacists, a well-vetted group of consulting professionals supports our in-house team.

Medical News Today’s clinical content is medically reviewed by a team of more than 70 clinicians to ensure medical and factual accuracy.

Along with extensive experience in a variety of medical specialties, our medical reviewers bring an added perspective thanks to their experience in clinical practice, research, and patient advocacy.

All of our news content is rigorously fact checked for statistical, medical, and scientific accuracy by a team of dedicated fact checkers. Our fact checkers come from a variety of backgrounds, including, medicine, public health, research, and health journalism.

We carefully assess all potential writers for our clinical content. We test them on sourcing, style, and tone, plus they submit a rigorous, three-part writing assignment that’s reviewed by our in-house editors. We provide regular feedback and ongoing guidance to enhance the quality and value of their articles.

Our news content is created by our curious and experienced in-house writers and freelancers. Every day, the news team takes a deep dive into the latest medical research, so you are kept up to date on what’s happening in the world of medicine.

We have strict sourcing guidelines and only draw from peer reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical journals.

We link primary sources — including studies, scientific references, and statistics — within each article and also list them in the resources section at the bottom of our articles.

Our editors and medical experts continually monitor the health space, and we update our clinical content when new information becomes available. We have a set maintenance schedule for these articles, but updates can also be prompted by:

  • changes in standards of care
  • new clinical guidelines
  • major practice recommendations

We closely follow the Associated Press Stylebook and our proprietary Medical News Today Style Guide, which focuses on readability, empathetic language, real-life application, sourcing, and citations.

Our language is clear and concise, but comprehensive. We might use medical terminology, but we’ll explain what it means.

Inclusiveness guides us at Medical News Today, which is why we only use third person voice. This enables us to provide information in a strictly observational manner without injecting any potential bias; it’s free of expectation, allowing people from all walks of life to be that third person.

Language is a powerful tool that shapes the world around us. It can create and empower identities, but it can also erase and oppress them, so using it consciously is key. At Medical News Today, we know that language matters, and we are invested in using language to create a healthier, stronger, and more equitable world. Employing conscious language in how we speak, write, and edit reflects our awareness of and dedication to the communities that read our content.

Read more on our approach to conscious language here.

We want you to have the best possible experience when visiting Medical News Today, so please let us know if you think we could be doing better. If you have any questions or comments about the accuracy of our content, or if you spot something that doesn’t look right, we’d love you to get in touch.