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Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode


HONcode status The health Website
Psych Central
is in compliance with the HONcode


Title of the site:Psych Central
Web address:http://www.psychcentral.com/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct594541
Date of initial review: 17 Sep 2002
Validity of certificate28 Mar 2012 - Mar 2014
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014

This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy



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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

The certified website is responsible for the content of its website, unless otherwise provided by law.

 

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
Professional Advisory Board
Psych Central's Professional Advisory Board helps to ensure the site maintains the high standards we set in the field, and advises us regarding new ideas for content, services and community.
URL: http://psychcentral.com/about/advisory_board.htm
John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
CEO, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Psych Central
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

For the collaborative platform:

All Psych Central blog comments are moderated both before and after-the-fact by paid staffers. Internet users posting comments on this blog should not be considered as health professionals.
Internet users commenting on any Psych Central blog must behave with respect and honesty at all times.
Moderators reserve the right to erase, without notification, any comment they would judge inappropriate, or that violates Psych Central's Terms of Use.
(28 Mar 2012) - Link

2. Presentation of the site
Mission:
Psych Central is the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. Since 1995, it has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 160 support groups to consumers.
  (28 Mar 2012) - Link

Audience: Implicite : for public.
 
Psych Central is the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. Since 1995, it has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 160 support groups to consumers.
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

Purpose of the website
The contents of this site are for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing found on our website is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental disorder. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on our site.
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

For the collaborative platform:

Comments posted on any Psych Central blog should be designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.
(28 Mar 2012) - Link

3. Confidentiality
Psych Central Privacy Policy
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

For the collaborative platform:

We remind you that everyone can read and use your comments. You do not have the possibility to erase your own comments.
(28 Mar 2012) - Link

4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.
Depression Treatment
REFERENCES

  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

For the collaborative platform:

We invite you to provide resources (references, links, ...) on health/medical claims when possible and relevant.
(28 Mar 2012) - Link

also : http://psychcentral.com/about/disclaimer.htm
 
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 8 Jan 2012
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

For the collaborative platform:

Last reviewed: 26 Mar 2012
(28 Mar 2012) - Link

5. Justification of claims
This principle is not applicable for this site 

For the collaborative platform:

Internet users commenting on any Psych Central blog must post information that is true and correct to their knowledge.
(28 Mar 2012) - Link

6. User support and adequation
Mailing address and emails provided.
Contact Psych Central
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

7. Disclosure of funding sources
Advertising helps us pay the bills.
URL: http://psychcentral.com/about/privacy.htm
Psych Central is privately and wholly owned and operated
by Dr. John Grohol.
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

For the collaborative platform:

All Psych Central blog comments are moderated both before and after-the-fact by paid staffers.
(28 Mar 2012) - Link

8. Advertising policy
Advertisement
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

Editorial Independence

Psych Central maintains absolute editorial independence about all content that appears on the Psych Central website. That means that Psych Central makes decisions about the information on our site free from outside or commercial influence. To maintain clinical accuracy, the mental health professionals involved in the review process have editorial control over the clinical accuracy in the materials created for the site.

We currently feature no sponsored content on Psych Central.
URL: http://psychcentral.com/about/editorial_policy.htm
No advertiser, organization, or pharmaceutical company, at any time, has any direct influence or impact on our editorial decisions, editorial direction, or what we publish on the site.
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

Advertising is distinguished by the word "Advertisement" on the website. Sponsored content is distinguished by the words "Sponsored content" or "Sponsored resource."
  (16 Mar 2012) - Link

For the collaborative platform:

Internet users may not post any commercial/advertising comments.
(28 Mar 2012) - Link

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