Studies show that web readers typically read about 18% of any article to find the information they've requested. Web readers want to recognize, understand, and trust health information.
As a result, authors, reviewers, and editors are encouraged to support the use of plain language guidelines from the "2010 Plain Writing Act."
Here's a list of how content is developed at Heartspring.
Accredited doctor who selects and approves of published health content.
Accredited doctor publishing content for health care consumers. The following is an evolving list of best practices to better serve these readers.
- State the issue, include evidence from primary source/s.
- State the solution and include evidence from human clinical trial results.
- Identify associated symptoms, risks and warnings.
- Explain actionable options.
Accredited doctor reviews content in their area of specialty. See reviewer checklist.
Advises on cultural appropriateness, educational motivations and literacy demand.
- Syntax, coherence
Building logical information structure, using inter-operable practices.
- Easy to use interfaces connecting easy to understand information
- Compatibility with all mobile, tablet, and assistive devices
- Actionable options as a result of the information
Usability Testing and Assistive Devices
Impaired readers require maximum functionality across a range of assistive devices. The use of standardized coding that recognizes, both human, and machine code languages, allowing seamless accessibility to health information for the physically disabled.
Heartspring is adopting best practices for feed-back testing to better serve the specialized needs of impaired readers:
Can the reader:
- Find what's needed?
- Understand what's found?
- Use what's found to meet their needs?
Become a Test Reader help build effective health information. Get recognized. Build trust.
To become a content test reader, email email@example.com - All comments are encouraged.
Heartspring Staff are assistants of board reviewed doctors that are medical editors, authors, and reviewers, providing oversight for Heartspring.net. This article is currently undergoing doctor review.
Editorial Guidelines for publishing health content.
Considering Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) includes guidelines for assessing health articles found on the web.