Editorial Policy

The following editorial policy applies to all health content on orenschools.info, the AAFP’s patient education website.

Qualifications of authors/reviewers

Authors and reviewers of health content on orenschools.info:

  • Are family doctors or professional writers/editors/producers
  • Have relevant experience developing and/or reviewing health content for patients
  • Are knowledgeable about the best available evidence-based medicine, as well as AAFP policies and clinical practice guidelines

Editorial process for health content created by orenschools.info

  • Content is created by family doctors or professional writers/editors/producers who have relevant experience developing health content for patients.
  • Content is sourced from AAFP policies and clinical practice guidelines, AAFP journals (American Family Physician and Family Practice Management), other reputable clinical journals, medical specialty societies, and government agencies.
  • Content is reviewed by a medical review panel of family doctors to ensure that the information:
    • Is medically accurate, complete, and useful
    • Adheres to the best available evidence-based medicine, as well as AAFP policies and clinical practice guidelines
    • Expresses a family medicine perspective
  • Content is reviewed by a health education expert to ensure that the health literacy level is appropriate so that the information can be understood by a wide range of patients.
  • Content posted on orenschools.info is reviewed on a 2-year cycle (or more frequently, if necessary). The most recent review date is noted at the bottom of each article.