The other day I received an email with some outstanding news. LupusRanting was approved as a new member of the Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics network. Whoo Hoo!!
The Code was established in 2007 to provide bloggers and their readers with clear standards in five specific areas:
Perspective: The blog author’s perspective should be clearly established.
Confidentiality: Patient identity is respected.
Disclosure: Bloggers must clearly disclose whether they are paid to pitch products.
Reliability: Sources for information should be cited.
Courtesy: Personal attacks should not be permitted.
About the Code: The Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics was designed in response to problems experienced by medical bloggers. The goal of this Code is twofold:
1. To give readers of a medical blogger a clear idea of the standards by which the blog is maintained.
2. To give bloggers (especially anonymous ones) a clear set of guidelines they can show employers, patients, or other concerned parties as to the nature of the blogging.
“Since healthcare blogging is sometimes dealing with extremely sensitive information, it is important that these blogs maintain a high level of integrity.”
LupusRanting is grateful to the team at HBCE and other members who do their best to make healthcare blogs a valuable resource for patients, caregivers and others interested in fighting specific medical conditions, or improving health care in general. I’m proud to display the HBCE logo in my sidebar and will continue to work hard to maintain the standards promoted by the Code.
I know it’s not the People’s Choice Award, an Emmy or an Oscar, but I’m thrilled to be on the short list of bloggers who have received this honor. Many thanks to all of you who take the time to read and comment on my posts!!