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HONcode status
Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode

HONcode status The health Website
is in compliance with the HONcode

Title of the site:Familydoctor
Web address:http://www.familydoctor.org/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct159881
Date of initial review: 12 Jul 2001
Validity of certificate12 May 2011 - May 2013
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014
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This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy

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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
Medical Advisory Panel
Carolyn Lopez, M.D.
Carolyn Thiedke, M.D.
Nereida Correa, M.D.
Rebecca Jaffe, M.D.
Robert Carr, M.D.
Saria Saccocio, M.D.
Terry Davis, Ph.D.
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

2. Presentation of the site
The mission of FamilyDoctor.org is to provide scientifically accurate information from a family medicine perspective to improve the health of all individuals and communities by:
Empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health and wellness;
Educating parents, caretakers and families to support healthful behaviors, disease prevention and effective management of common diseases;
Providing tools to facilitate discussions between patients and family physicians;
Strengthening the relationships between patients and their family physicians;
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

Intended Audience
The content on FamilyDoctor.org is intended for all individuals who are seeking reliable health information. Health content is written at a 6th to 8th grade reading level to make information understandable and accessible to all users. Content written specifically to children and teens is also available on the site.
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

Purpose of the website
The information provided on this Web site is for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice. Any concerns or questions you have about your health or the health of your family should be discussed with your family physician.
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

3. Confidentiality
Privacy Policy
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) operates this Web site and is committed to protecting the privacy of individual visitors. We maintain safeguards to store and secure information we have about Web site visitors. The safeguards may be physical, electronic or procedural. The AAFP Privacy Policy explains how we collect data from our Web sites and how that information is used.
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff.

Thyroiditis: Differential Diagnosis and Management by J Slatosky, D.O., B Shipton, D.O., and H Wahba, M.D. (American Family Physician February 15, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000215/1047.html)
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

Reviewed/Updated: 11/10
Created: 02/00
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

5. Justification of claims
This principle is not applicable for this site 

6. User support and adequation
Contact Information:
First Name:
Email address*:
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

7. Disclosure of funding sources
Financial Support

Financial support for FamilyDoctor.org has been provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the AAFP.
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

8. Advertising policy
All advertising on familydoctor.org is clearly labeled as an advertisement.
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

The American Academy of Family Physicians accepts advertising on the familydoctor.org web site. The AAFP has the right to refuse any advertisement that is inappropriate or incompatible with our mission. The presence of an ad on familydoctor.org does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product. Advertisers must not make unsubstantiated health claims or suggest that the AAFP has endorsed a product. Advertising is not targeted to individual users but may be placed on the site adjacent to content related to advertiser interest. All advertising on familydoctor.org is clearly labeled...  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

All advertising on FamilyDoctor.org is clearly labeled as an advertisement.
  (15 Apr 2011) - Link

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