Practical Pain Management Editorial Guidelines

Content Goals

Practical Pain Management (PPM) is dedicated to being the most comprehensive and trustworthy site for information on chronic pain. We seek to educate the public and inform medical professionals on all subjects relating to chronic pain, from diagnosis and treatment to lifestyle and prevention.

Content Types and Standards

Editorial Content
Editorial content is generated by medical professionals and medical writers. It is reviewed for quality and accuracy by members of the Editorial Board. All editorial content must meet the following standards:

Clear: Is written in a manner that is appropriate for the audience

Current: Presents information that is up-to-date, including current research, news, and recent developments in the field

Relevant: Addresses prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and / or lifestyle information for chronic pain

Objective: Presents a balanced view of an issue, when one or more alternative views exist. If an author is strongly associated with a particular viewpoint, a comment from an Editorial Board member is added to provide balance. The author's financial disclosures and any potential conflicts of interest are noted on each author page.

Trustworthy: Is reviewed by one or more Editorial Board members and / or medical professionals

PPM receives sponsorship fees from medical companies to provide information on the site about their products and services. While a sponsorship fee does provide PPM with a financial benefit, it also benefits you by presenting useful information about medical products and services.

An example of Sponsored Content is a pharmaceutical company paying a sponsorship fee to present information about one of its medications on PPM.

Sponsored Content is created by the sponsor, or on its behalf. It is not subject to PPM's Editorial Standards (outlined above).

All Sponsored Content on the site is clearly identified as being "Provided by...."

Third-party Funded Content
PPM receives funding from third parties to create independent content for the site. These third parties have no control or influence over the content that is produced. This content type is called Third-party Funded Content.

An example of Third-party Funded Content is a company providing a grant to PPM for our writers to create an article about fibromyalgia, without any control or influence from the company. Third-party Funded Content is subject to PPM's Editorial Standards (outlined above).

All Third-party Funded Content on our site is clearly identified as "Funded by...."

User Generated Content
The site features an active Community section, in which registered site visitors can initiate and participate in discussions. Although this content—User Generated Content—is not monitored for its accuracy or balance, it is carefully managed to ensure that the Community section is a safe and relevant environment. To learn, read the Community Rules.

Licensed Content
Licensed Content is content that PPM chooses to use from a third party. PPM may be required to pay a fee to license the use for the content, or the license may be complimentary. Licensed Content is not necessarily sent through Editorial Board review, as we may be satisfied with the third parties' review process. However, content must adhere to standards for our Editorial Content.

All advertisements are clearly labeled "Advertisement" to alert users that the content they are reading is advertising content. The site observes strict rules regarding the types of advertisements that can be presented on the site. Visit our Advertising Policy for complete information.

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board features many leaders in the pain management field. Under their guidance, PPM is equipped to address all forms of chronic pain—from migraine to rheumatoid arthritis. The Editorial Board writes content for the site and reviews all Editorial Content before it is approved for presentation on the site.

Writers and Editors

A team of medical journalist and editors manage PPM content. Each member of the Editorial team has an extensive understanding of the subject area, in addition to broad training and experience writing and editing content that is clear, objective, accurate, and trustworthy. The writers' perceived or actual conflicts of interest are presented on the site.

Every effort is made to ensure that writing staff who develop Editorial Content do not work on sponsored or promotional projects.

Content Limitations

The content on the site is for educational purposes only. The site does not present medical advice and should never interfere with the patient and physician relationship. Visitors should consult with their physician on all matters pertaining to their medical condition.

Content Privacy

Extensive efforts are made to ensure that content on the site protects patient privacy. For example, if an x-ray is shown on the site, all items that might serve to identify the patient are removed prior to presentation. You can read the full Privacy Policy here.

Content and FDA Labeling Limitations

PPM does not endorse, promote, or encourage the use of medical devices or medications in a manner that has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Appearance of an advertisement on a specific page does not indicate that PPM or the advertiser is promoting the use of a product for a non-approved use.

URAC Standards

URAC is a non-profit, independent accreditation agency, which offers a nationally-recognized accreditation process and seal of approval for health web sites. The process for accreditation is comprehensive, detailed, and understandably lengthy. PPM is actively working to comply with all URAC standards and to ultimately complete the accreditation process.

Update Frequency

The site's team of medical writers seeks to ensure that the site's content is high quality. To this end, the team monitors, adds, and updates content daily.

Patient Article Submissions

If you're a medical professional in the pain management field and you're interested in submitting a patient-focused article, please read our Submission Guidelines. If your article is chosen for publication, a member of the PPM Editorial team will contact you.

Last updated on: November 5, 2013