Editorial Policy

Who We Are

PatientsLounge is a community of patients sharing stories of their health journeys—from doctor visits and diagnoses to treatments and recovery. Do you have a rare condition? An atypical symptom? An uncommon side effect from taking certain medication? Maybe you have unique tips on how to manage a disease or care for someone with an illness. Sharing your experiences helps other patients learn about the realities of living with various health conditions.

Who We Are Not

We are not a replacement for your doctor, pharmacist, psychologist, or other health professional. The information on our site is written by patients and should not be used to diagnose or treat any illnesses.

Writing on Patient’s Lounge

Interested in sharing your story? To write on PatientsLounge, authors must first comply with the HubPages.com editorial policy. In addition, because our content can potentially affect your readers’ health, a high level of authority and trust needs to be established.

What does this mean?

Discuss symptoms and treatments in terms of your personal experience and avoid recommending or advising treatments. General health information, including other symptoms and treatments, statistics, and research should be backed by reputable sources. Remember that you are an expert on your own condition, but you are not a medical professional.

Here are three other important elements to include:

  1. Use Your Real Name: Cute/clever monikers are great for personal blogs but not for building reader trust. Use either your real name or a pseudonym, and if applicable, your credential(s).
  2. Include an Author Bio: This is different than the profile bio you created on HubPages. The author bio is a short snippet that highlights your expertise on the topic you’re writing about. Here is an example:
  3. Choose a Tasteful Profile Picture: Although we prefer that you use a high-quality photo of yourself, if this isn’t possible, we ask that you choose something tasteful (e.g. a flower, pattern, or text)—a picture of Nicolas Cage or Snoopy doesn’t exactly convey authority or trust.

What We Like to See:

In addition to the guidelines above, we also look for articles to have the following qualities:

  • Originality: You can find general medical information anywhere. What makes your article awesome and unique is your insight and perspective—your voice. You’ll make the internet a better place, and your readers will thank you for it.
  • Up-to-Date Content: An important—and often overlooked—indicator of quality content is how current the information is. That is why we periodically review all articles on our site. We also encourage our writers to regularly update their content to ensure readers are getting the most accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Answers the Question in the Title Quickly: Online readers want to get their answer right away (i.e. at the beginning of the article). If they can’t see the answer within a few seconds, they often hit the back button to continue their search. The best articles give readers the quick answer upfront and go into more detail further down the page.
  • Can Be Easily Skimmed Through: Readers want to be able to find things quickly and easily. Believe it or not, most of our readers are reading from mobile devices. With this in mind, we recommend using short but descriptive subtitles, succinct paragraphs, tables, callout capsules, and bulleted or numbered lists to organize your content.
  • Includes High-Quality Media: People are naturally drawn to attractive and interesting images and videos. Including relevant, high-quality images with captions, or embedding quick, informative videos will increase reader engagement and provide a visual break from all the text—especially if your article is long. We recommend avoiding those cheesy, cringe-worthy stock photos; they can actually detract from the quality of your article!
    • Note: Photos and videos that are too gory or show open wounds, or those that show genitalia or breasts are at risk of violating AdSense guidelines. This means that articles with this type of media will not display ads, decreasing potential earnings. For this reason, we generally avoid using these types of media unless they are crucial to the understanding of the article—for instance, an article detailing a surgical technique or a walkthrough of a mammogram procedure.

Here are some examples of articles on PatientsLounge that we would like to showcase. These articles exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:

SHOWCASE ARTICLES

A quick note: All of the Network Sites are a blending of professional editing and writers like you.

If you are intrigued by our community and would like to write for PatientsLounge, we’d love to have you! In order to set up an account to begin writing, please sign up on HubPages. Articles are initially written on our parent platform and then, if they are high enough quality, moved to one of our network sites like PatientsLounge.