Avoid Copyright Issues:
It is not OK to cut-and-paste or post material for which you do not own the copyright, and we reserve the right to remove anything posted that violates the copyright of another party. If you wish to share information from a journal article or web site (other than American Heart Association or StopAfib.org), you must have specific permission from the copyright holder in order to copy-and-paste all or a significant portion of that information directly here. Thus, it is best to summarize it in your own words and post a link to it so that forum members can read it.
Refrain from Giving Medical Advice:
Our policy specifically states that users should refrain from suggesting treatment options for others because participants should only receive treatment options or medical advice from their personal physicians.
Therefore, we ask that you provide support and encouragement to others, and encourage you to share resources and your own experiences. We ask that you state things in such a way that they are not mistaken for medical advice. Most afib patients are not doctors, and doctors who have afib tend not to be afib experts, so saying things with the certainty of a medical provider without providing a source for it can easily be misinterpreted by forum members as receiving medical advice. (And stating “I am not a doctor” doesn’t get you off the hook!)
How it is said may make more difference than what is said, so we ask that you frame your comments with care. Here is an example of how to reframe comments so that they are not construed as medical advice:
Instead of: “My doctor says that is not a good medication, so you should tell your doctor to change you to ____ medication.” (Avoid “should”, “I suggest/recommend”, or any kind of directive language.)
You might try: “You might mention to your doctor that your medication makes you feel badly (or doesn’t seem to be working) and ask if there are other options to consider.”
Additionally, going hand-in-hand with giving medical advice is this guideline: Please don’t be a know-it-all — show off your insights, not your attitude.Thank you for keeping these things in mind as you participate in the forum so that this is a valuable space for all to get support. Thank you for your contributions to helping each other. Mellanie