Editorial Process

health insider editorial rules

Health Insider understands that when it comes to your health, trust is everything. That’s why we want to be able to share our method for achieving content that is accurate, backed by experts, and actionable. 

What sets Health Insider apart?

Information regarding health and wellness is literally everywhere, thanks to the virtual sea of advice that the internet provides about how to feel better, eat better, live better, and even love better. But far more often than not, this wealth of information is less illuminating and more intimidating – it tends to confuse us rather than provide us with constructive advice. 

Health Insider aims to break this trend of misinformation. Rather than following trends, we pay attention to facts, and we work to translate the pseudo-scientific mass of information on the internet into simple, intelligent language that you can understand without needing a Ph.D. 

We understand that the use you get from wellness content will depend on everything from experience to expertise, so we aim to include only the most accurate information in our content. Health Insider sifts through all of the research and digs out all of the relatable pieces for you to digest, allowing you to spend more time shaping a version of health that works for you and less time searching for facts. 

Our mission

We want to help you feel good in the holistic sense of the word so that you can live a healthier, happier life on your terms. 

What we put into Health Insider content

Whether you’re trying to find facts about a new food trend, looking for a new workout to get your dream body, working to improve your mental health, or trying to expand your boundaries – even in the bedroom – Health Insider has a story and an article for you. All of our content is made with authority, expertise, and trust. 

Every single article you read on our website is put through a process of research vetting and is reviewed by a team of experts to provide you with health information that is relevant to you. 

We want to help you get to the point without the need to cut any corners. This means that you can expect our content to be readable, comprehensive, and easy to apply and relate to your life. We aim to be as relevant as possible, unravel biases, and stick to the highest standards of journalism. To do this, we source primary documents, check the facts, and evaluate experts and writers. 

Partnering with experts

We have partnered with doctors, clinicians, and experts to double down on what we do best at Health Insider. Their robust review process covers all of our medical and clinical content, including everything from sexual health and weight management to chronic conditions and relationship guidance. 

Working with forward-thinking writers

Health Insider works with best-in-class wellness and health writers. To maintain our inclusivity and health equity mission across all of our content, we train and recruit writers with personal experiences relevant to each of the health topics we cover. 

What’s more, we also publish personal health and wellness stories on Health Insider. We have a deep respect for individuals’ perspectives, and we want to allow people to share their personal stories in their own unique way. 

In these instances, we balance ethical writing practices with the freedom of expression, but because opinions are just that – opinions – we label opinion articles as such. We do this so that our readers do not confuse them with our medical and health content that has been approved by experts. 

Staying with original sources, references, and citations

We perform thorough research for our medical and health content, and we vet our sources to make sure that they are authoritative, recent, and objective. We use strict guidelines for sourcing so that we can focus on primary sources like interviews with experts and peer-reviewed studies, as well as trustworthy secondary sources like government agencies, academic research institutions, and medical associations. 

You will be able to find a list of all of the sources we use, including any interviews referenced, at the end of each of our articles. You’ll find them under the Sources heading. 

Keeping up-to-date

The experts and editors at Health Insider are constantly monitoring the health and wellness industry, and we put our articles through an updating process whenever we find new and relevant information. 

However, our content also follows a maintenance schedule to make sure that the health information we provide is always effective and, most importantly, safe. 

We will update our articles to reflect the following:

  • New clinical guidelines
  • Changes in standards of care
  • Major practice recommendations
  • Drug recalls or approvals

The Health Insider style

We aim to create a style of writing that is friendly, sincere, inclusive, and easy to read for all readers. We’re no strangers to humor, but we aren’t going to shy away from deeper, more challenging topics either. Health Insider is passionate about equity and diversity, and that means we cover difficult topics with nuance, and we aim to incorporate the voices that often go unheard, especially in the medical field. 

We use empathetic language to tell stories that are free from judgment. We mention intentional choices to remove stereotypes, prejudices, and stigma that would otherwise go unnoticed and unaddressed in the healthcare system. 

When it comes to style and grammar, we turn to our internal language team and the Associated Press to inform our style guide, helping us stay accurate, consistent, and respectful. We evolve alongside language. We have a no-tolerance policy for any kind of plagiarism and make use of tools and a team of experienced copy editors to check and proofread our content before it is published. 

Why do we have such a stringent process? You.

It would be unreasonable for us to be your health partner unless we took your lead on what the picture of health truly looks like. Our readers – that means you – matter the most to us, and Health Insider aims to keep you at the forefront of our content so that we can be a resource that is truly trusted by the public and that is there for you when you need us the most. 

Our “you matter” approach is what guides anything and everything that we do in our editorial department. Health Insider wants to provide you with the right directions and tips so that you can focus on yourself and turn to us for the facts when you need them.