Our Editorial Process

When it comes to your health, you need to feel confident in the choices you make and in the information that helps you make them. That’s why it’s important for us to share with you how we do what we do.


Today, a simple online search for something like “headache remedies” can leave you convinced that you need a trip to the emergency room...or even worse. You need easy-to-understand advice that won’t alarm you, advice that’s written by medical experts who know what they’re talking about and who genuinely care.

It’s our duty and responsibility to make sure you actually understand what you’re reading—and that it doesn’t scare you. We work hard to break down complex health jargon, reflect the latest research, and present the most accurate information in a way that empowers you to take an active role in your health. 

Verywell Health answers your health questions in the very moments that they matter most to you. We understand that health is a journey, so we intend to be your partner along the way, equipping you with the information necessary to continue making informed and actionable choices. Every year, we help 300 million people who come to Verywell Health seeking answers to their health questions.

We have one mission—help you make the best choices for your health.

Subject-Matter Expert Writers

Our writers are notable voices in their respective disciplines, from physicians to medical journalists to patients/patient advocates. These individuals are specifically selected for both their extensive knowledge and real-world experience, as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear, helpful, and unbiased way.  

Diverse Voices

We have a renewed commitment to help all people navigate their health and well-being—regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, culture, geography, body type, ability, or experience. We are invested in working with BIPOC health writers, Review Board members, expert sources, illustrators, photographers, and more to create, edit, and enhance our content—not just on isolated topics of race, but across our brands’ coverage. Read Verywell’s Anti-Racism Pledge to learn more about our promise of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Editorial Team

Our highly-skilled editorial team manages all of our content. Each individual piece of content has several people behind it working to make sure that it’s responsible, accurate, understandable, helpful, trustworthy, comprehensive, up-to-date, and inclusive. 

Medical Review Board

Our Medical Review Board—composed of nearly 100 board-certified physicians across a variety of different specialties—vets content containing statements of medical fact. They work tirelessly to provide the necessary critique that ensures our information is accurate and current.

Content is reviewed by a board-certified physician whose specific area of expertise aligns with the content topic. A Medical Reviewer will confirm that a piece of content—whether article, illustration, video, tool, or other resource—is thorough and contains facts and guidelines that reflect the latest in evidence-based research and health information. 

If improvements are suggested, they are shared directly with our editorial team to be addressed and implemented immediately. It is only when a Medical Reviewer approves a piece of content that it is officially stamped as such in the byline.

Fact Check

We also rely on our team of qualified and experienced fact checkers who provide a critical step in our commitment to content integrity. Fact checkers rigorously review articles for accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We use only the most current and reputable primary references, including peer-reviewed medical journals, government organizations, academic institutions, and advocacy associations.

News

It is our responsibility to ensure every piece of news published on Verywell Health is accurate, clear, thoughtful, and grounded in trustworthy reporting.

We rely on primary sources, input from credentialed medical experts, and a team of conscientious news writers and thorough fact checkers to provide you with the latest and most important updates in the world of health and wellness. From groundbreaking research to the latest guidelines, Verywell Health goes beyond breaking news to provide the context and insights needed to keep you and your family informed.

References, Sources, and Citations

We fact-check medical statements, claims, and suggestions with the most current primary references, including peer-reviewed medical journals, government organizations, academic institutions, and advocacy associations. Sources are listed both inline and at the bottom of every article. 

(Verywell favors human research and proven treatments, though relevant animal research and experimental/alternative treatments may be reported if that’s all that’s available to promote an understanding of a topic.)

Up-to-Date Information

Times change and so does information. With help from our subject-matter experts and Medical Review Board, our editorial team routinely evaluates our existing content to ensure all information is updated and reflective of the most current research, guidelines, and statistics.

If needed, content is re-worked, re-edited, and re-certified by our Medical Review Board. If you happen to come across any inconsistencies or outdated facts, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

The Verywell Voice

We understand that online health information can be impersonal, overwhelming, and scary. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we approach everything through the lens of our readers, making sure that all of our content is presented in an authoritative yet compassionate manner.

We hit that sweet spot that shows you that we know what we’re talking about and that we care. Think of us as your friend...who also happens to be a doctor.

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