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Content Development

By Heartspring Staff

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 languageExit Site guidelines from the "2010 Plain Writing Act."

Here's a list of how content is developed at Heartspring.

Medical Editor

Accredited doctor who selects and approves of published health content.

Author

Accredited doctor publishing content for health care consumers. The following is an evolving list of best practices to better serve these readers.

Reviewer

Accredited doctor reviews content in their area of specialty. See reviewer checklist.

Copy Editor

Advises on cultural appropriateness, educational motivations and literacy demand.

Proof Reader

Information Designer

Building logical information structure, using inter-operable practices.

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:

Become a Test Reader help build effective health information. Get recognized. Build trust.
To become a content test reader, email heartspring.net@gmail.com - All comments are encouraged.




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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.




Related:

Editorial Guidelines for publishing health content.

Considering Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) includes guidelines for assessing health articles found on the web.