Important acknowledgement for Caregiver Relief

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I am very pleased to tell you that this website that you are on right now – has been recognized by the main watch dog organization for health care information on the internet. HON (Health On The Net Foundation), is the recognized non-profit organization for monitoring web sites that dispense health care information, and they only give their stamp of approval to those sites that adhere to a strict code of ethics. Please read excerpts from their website down below.

The Health On the Net Foundation (HON) promotes and guides the deployment of useful and reliable online health information, and its appropriate and efficient use. Created in 1995, HON is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. For twelve years, HON has focused on the essential question of the provision of health information to citizens, information that respects ethical standards. To cope with the unprecedented volume of healthcare information available on the Net, the HONcode of conduct offers a multi-stakeholder consensus on standards to protect citizens from misleading health information.

The HONcode was created as a response to the lack of a guarantee for the quality of information found online. HON developed a Code of conduct (HONcode) based on eight essential ethical, quality and accessibility principles. From discussions with webmasters and editors of web sites, it was seen that such a code of conduct was required and sought after by them, thus enabling them to provide quality information by following a set of basic rules.

For more information on our Code of conduct – the HONcode and how HON conforms to this code, please see below:

HONcode in brief
For more information on our Code of conduct – the HONcode and how HON conforms to this code, please see below:

1. Authority

Confirmation of compliance is seen on the following URL where a brief description of each staff member has been given : http://www.hon.ch/Global/HONTeamPhoto.html

All information of a medical nature presented on our site http://www.healthonnet.org or http://www.hon.ch/ are selected and extracted from reliable Web sites by the HON team.
Although the contents of our site are regularly checked and updated to ensure the reliability and relevance of the information provided, the HON Foundation does not guarantee complete accuracy of medical information provided and cannot be held responsible for any adverse effect that may arise from the use of the contents of the site.

2. Complementarity

Purpose
All information found on the site is intended to support and not to replace the existing relations between you and your attending physician.
It is always necessary to share any medical information which you may find on the Internet with your attending physician or health professional.

Mission
The mission of the site is to provide readers with access to health and medical information which is known to be accurate and trustworthy.
It also provides information about Health On the Net Foundation and the HONcode, it’s initiative to standardize the quality of medical information online.

Audience
Our site is intended for:

* The general public including patients who require information on their disease, family and friends of patients and any person interested in knowing more about a specific disease or diseases in general.
* Health professionals including those who would like to stay in touch with their subject by regularly reading new material or those who require further knowledge on a specific subject.
* Students including those in the field of healthcare.
* Website editors.

3. Confidentiality

HON pledges always to respect the privacy and anonymity of its users, including survey participants.
We only use cookies to improve navigation on our site. All services and tools offered on the site are available free of charge without the need for registration.
Any personal information voluntarily provided to us by our readers (names, email addresses or any other contact information, personal or medical data) will be kept in the strictest confidence. No information is shared with any third party.
HON is committed to working with the internet community to maintain and reinforce the need for confidentiality amongst their readers.
Only non-personal information about a reader is gathered through the logs of our Web server.

We encourage you to always read the confidentiality statement of any website you may visit.

The HONcode seal

Over the past 12 years, HON has grown immensely and currently, there are more than 7.300 HONcode certified websites. To maintain the quality standards of these and the growing list of HONcode websites, HON developed a new dynamic and active HONcode seal which allows the real-time status change according to the compliance of a website. This seal shows the last date of reevaluation of the site and is automatically updated after every re-evaluation or annual audit. Information collected from this seal is non-personal such as your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language etc which cannot be used to personally identify you. We do not sell, transmit, share or divulge this information to any third party and it is safely stored on the HON web servers used only by the HON collaborators and system manager to improve our services.

4. Attribution

The information provided on our site is always referenced and the origin always stated.
The date of last modification of each page (date of last update) is indicated on every page.The results of our search engines are updated on a daily basis unless otherwise specified. Although the contents of our site are regularly checked and updated to ensure the reliability and relevance of the information provided, the HON Foundation does not guarantee complete accuracy of medical information provided and cannot be held responsible for any adverse effect that may arise from the use of the contents of the site.

5. Justification

Any information on the benefits or the performance of a given treatment, product or commercial service, will be accompanied by suitable and balanced evidence to confirm the statements made on the site, in accordance with Principle 4.
HON does not promote any product or service which you may find on sites accessed through our search engines and we encourage you to share any medical information which you may find on the Internet with your attending physician or health professional.

6. Professionalism

All contact details for the HON Foundation have been provided on the page with the following URL: http://www.hon.ch/Global/contact.html

7. Transparency of the financing

The Health On the Net Foundation is a non-profit organization, which offers all its services free of charge. It thus relies on the financing and sponsorship of external beneficiaries, details of which can be found on the following page:
http://www.hon.ch/Global/sponsor.html

8. Advertising

This site does not accept or display any advertising. However, we do promote selected events of interest to the community which may be considered to be “friendly links”.

Other important items

9. Law governing this Website

The access and use of this site is subjected to the legislation of the Canton and State of Geneva. The users of this Website agree to submit themselves to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of the Canton and State of Geneva, Switzerland and to waive any jurisdictional rights to such courts.

10. Disclaimer

The content provided by Health On the Net Foundation is for information purposes only and is in no way intended to be a substitute for medical consultation with a qualified professional. The Foundation encourages Internet users to be careful when using medical information. If you are unsure about your medical condition, consult a physician. Although we carefully review our content, Health On the Net Foundation cannot guarantee nor take responsibility for the medical accuracy of documents we publish, nor can HON assume any liability for the content of Web sites linked to our site. To find out more about our efforts to improve the quality of medical information on the Internet, visit our Code of Conduct (HONcode).

Though HON guarantees that all accredited sites will respect the HONcode during the period of certification, it is however not responsible for the content of any HONcode accredited site.
We urge you to apply caution and to always consult with your attending physician before using any online health information or advice.

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