Providing authoritative medical information in plain English
There is no shortage of health information available today and sometimes when quantity overtakes quality, there can be too much. It can be hard to know what information is trustworthy and what is not, and when it comes to making decisions about your health only the best information will suffice.
The Total Health information is written by senior doctors who are experts in their chosen medical fields, and they have written it in plain English specifically with you, the patient, in mind. Total Health enables patients to be better informed about their medical conditions so that they can engage with their treatment. It is not intended to replace doctors but to supplement their advice and information.
We aim to provide pure, impartial, trustworthy medical information freely available to help you to find out what you need to know.
Doctors should not be the only ones kept informed
In an era of 'patient choice' it is important that patients have access to the same quality and up-to-date information that doctors get before making critical decisions. We asked leading doctors from acknowledged centres of excellence to provide the sort of inside information that is normally only shared with other healthcare professionals and make this accessible to all patients.
The quality of the information comes down to the knowledge and skill of the author. Our articles are all written by highly respected doctors with international reputations who are demonstrably some of the leaders in their respected fields. We hope what they have written will be useful when you make your health decisions.
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The medical education articles in Total Health are available to patients completely free of charge. Articles are consultant-led and written by independent, senior academic and practising medical experts from the stance of “what's the best information for patients?” The content on the website is regularly updated; the ultimate aim is to cover all the therapeutic areas and provide all the information that patients need to know. Total Health is the Web title operated by the independent medical publishing company, Synaptic Ltd, developer of Consultant-Search, an intelligent website designed to give patients access to the right consultant according to their diagnosis. We accept no advertising. The physicians who appear here on this site do so at our invitation.
Our nominated charity is the National Osteoporosis Society.
Once the editorial has been written we seek sponsorship from relevant, associated healthcare companies. While sponsors have absolutely no editorial input to the finished articles they are allowed to have an optional electronic link from the article to their own website or source of further information. Some of the links from articles on the website are sponsored, some are not. In the case of hospital sponsors this facility provides a useful method for patients seeking access to appropriate services. Where appropriate, we also place links to other useful sources of information irrespective of sponsorship.
The Total Health team
Editorially led by teaching hospital consultants, the content on Total Health is written by a group of doctors and physicians from an assortment of therapeutic areas who are unified by a desire to help people with serious medical ailments to find the best information or advice currently available. Total Health is supported by the Synaptic management team.
The Total Health team is united by the goal of providing the all-important latest and applicable medical education - directly from the people at the sharp end, in plain English.
Enquiries can be directed to the Web Editor at [email protected]
Total Health Medical Director, Professor David Reid
Susie Ryder, Editor
Bob Davidson, Managing Editor