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- Overall, we rate Verywell a pro-science source based on proper sourcing and fact-checking information through experts in the field.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Verywell is a medical and health website launched by About.com in 2016. The website provides factual evidence-based medical information. According to their about page they “work hard to provide you with comprehensive content that you, above all, can rely on. Our articles are not only written by experienced doctors, therapists, nurses, and other experts but vetted for accuracy by board-certified physicians.”
Funded by / Ownership
Verywell is owned and published by Dotdash, formerly About.com. Dotdash owns the VeryWell network which consists of the websites Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind. They also own the website Investopedia. Revenue is derived through advertising as well as affiliate commissions for some of the products they recommend.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Verywell features an A to Z index of medical conditions as well as a section for Prevention and Treatment. They also publish medical-related news with minimal bias such as this Long-Acting Shot More Effective Than Daily Pill at Preventing HIV. This article is properly sourced to HIV.gov as well as other credible medical journals. The website is currently providing information on the Coronavirus from a pro-science perspective such as this COVID-19 and the Heart: A Look at Recent Research.
Editorially, VeryWell employs editors that are involved in medicine as well as fact-checkers who ensure the articles are accurate and evidence-based. In general, information is factual and presented with limited bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years.
Overall, we rate Verywell a pro-science source based on proper sourcing and fact-checking information through experts in the field. (D. Van Zandt 11/5/2017) Updated (11/19/2020)
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