Editorial Policy

About this Policy

The ARUP Informatics–Decision Support editorial team (“Editorial Team”) creates, maintains, and disseminates medical content for several ARUP products (described below). This Editorial Policy explains how we develop content and how you may contact us to ask questions or comment on our products.

Products Covered

  • ARUP Consult ( http://www.arupconsult.com) – laboratory test selection support tool with more than 2,000 lab tests categorized into disease-related topics
  • Additional Technical Information – frequently requested technical information regarding specific ARUP tests

Content Development

The Editorial Team works with ARUP’s medical experts by assisting in writing, editing, maintaining, and reviewing content.  Content is created by qualified and experienced medical writers and reviewed by medical experts from the University of Utah School of Medicine and ARUP Laboratories for clinical accuracy and relevancy. The Editorial Team and medical experts create content based on best practices and the most recent guidelines as an educational service to the medical community. Our medical editors confirm that text is readable and accessible to the user by carefully reviewing grammar, punctuation, and style before content is published. Writing style and presentation vary by product and are designed to meet specific audience needs. Our Editorial Team generally adheres to the AMA Manual of Style. We also maintain an in-house style guide to ensure consistency across products.

Editorial Review Process

Content is reviewed at least annually by the Editorial Team to ensure that it addresses best practice and the most recent guidelines for laboratory test selection. All medical content revisions are sent for approval to the appropriate ARUP medical experts.  The Editorial Team checks to see that medical content is consistent across our range of products. The date of the most recent review or update is noted in each content item.

References

Medical information and practice change regularly. In order to keep our content accurate and relevant, our Clinical Medical Editor stays abreast of the latest developments in clinical care by reviewing national and international guidelines and peer-reviewed medical journals. Guidelines and medical literature that inform our content are hyperlinked on all ARUP Consult disease topics and, where appropriate, on Additional Technical Information. 

Links to External Sources

As a convenience to those who use our content, our products contain links to a number of websites that may provide additional information. Links to sites not maintained by our Editorial Team may contain different information and/or different privacy policies (see below for a link to the ARUP privacy policy). You may wish to review the privacy policies of these websites or request specific information regarding the sites’ privacy policies and procedures after leaving our product. The Editorial Team is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other products. External links are provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement. Links are reviewed regularly to ensure functionality.

Medical Experts

ARUP’s medical directors and consultants are nationally and internationally recognized pathologists, subspecialty-qualified clinicians, and board-certified clinical scientists. These professionals make significant contributions in research and development, and each holds a faculty appointment at the University of Utah School of Medicine. They support the medical community by providing consultation in all aspects of laboratory medicine.

ARUP’s medical and technical staff author textbooks and journal articles; they also present lectures, workshops, and symposia at regional, national, and international meetings. Our medical editors receive ongoing training in medical writing and editing from national professional organizations.

ARUP Consult Permissions

We encourage individuals and organizations to link to the ARUP Consult website at http://www.arupconsult.com. ARUP Consult content may be freely downloaded and used for noncommercial purposes. We ask that all material be clearly acknowledged with the original source and a link to the website. The source can be cited as follows:

ARUP Consult ( http://www.arupconsult.com), an ARUP Laboratories test selection tool for healthcare professionals

Commercial use of ARUP Consult and any part thereof is prohibited without written authorization. In the preparation of our medical content products, every effort is made to offer the most current, correct, and clearly expressed information possible.  Nevertheless, ARUP Laboratories disclaims, without limitation, any responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained on any of our web sites.

Copyright

All information contained in our products is copyright protected unless otherwise noted.

Disclaimer

Medical knowledge and best practice evolve continually. Practice, treatment, and laboratory test ordering are, therefore, dynamic. Practitioners, relying on their own experience and knowledge of the patient, are responsible to make diagnoses and monitor patient health status. Medical information found in our products is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to provide medical diagnoses. The use of our products is subject to ARUP Laboratories Disclaimer, Notice of Privacy Practices, and Online Privacy Policy.

Trademark Statement

ARUP, ARUP Laboratories, ARUP Consult, and other ARUP product/service names and logos are trademarks and service marks (“ARUP Marks”) of ARUP Laboratories or its affiliates. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos used on our products are the property of their respective owners. Any use of ARUP marks without express written permission is prohibited.

Online Privacy Policy

Refer to ARUP Laboratories Disclaimer, Notice of Privacy Practices, and Online Privacy Policy.

Third-Party Advertisements

We do not accept advertisements from outside entities. Any financial relationships with a linked site, including in-kind services other than reciprocal linking, will be stated and described in our products.

Corrections Policy

Our Editorial Team strives to provide accurate medical information. It is our policy to make corrections and clarifications to our original medical content when necessary.

Editorial Policy Changes

From time to time, we may make changes to this Editorial Policy that will not affect its overall objectives. A date informing you when the policy was last reviewed and updated follows this section. Whenever significant changes are made to this policy, we will post a notice on the ARUP Consult website for 30 days. We recommend that you read our editorial policy whenever you visit our site.

Feedback

We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions you have about this Editorial Policy or our products. Please feel free to contact us by sending an email to ARUPConsult@aruplab.com. In order to maintain the integrity of the content, the professional opinion of our medical experts dictates what actions, if any, we take based on the feedback we receive.

This policy was effective on November 18, 2013.

Last update: March 27, 2014