About the AAFP

Familydoctor.org is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organization representing more than 124,900 family doctors, family medicine residents, and medical students. The AAFP was founded in 1947 to promote and maintain high quality standards for family doctors. Family doctors take care of the physical, mental, and emotional health of the whole family, from newborns to older adults.

The AAFP follows the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) Code for Interaction with Companies. This voluntary code is designed to ensure that societies’ interactions with companies are independent and transparent, and advance medical care for the benefit of patients and populations. Information about the AAFP’s sources of non-dues revenue is included in an annual report to the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates.

Financial Support

Financial support for FamilyDoctor.org has been provided by the AAFP Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The AAFP Foundation advances the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people.

Editorial Policy

The following editorial policy applies to all health content on familydoctor.org, the American Academy of Family Physician’s patient education website.

Qualifications of authors/reviewers and sources of health content:

Authors and reviewers of health content:

  • Must have related work experience in developing or reviewing health-related content for a consumer audience.
  • May be physicians, nurses, other health care providers, and/or professional editors with a clinical background.

The AAFP requires that content from external sources that is displayed on familydoctor.org must meet the same development criteria that the AAFP applies to the content that it develops internally.

Editorial review process for health content:

Health content displayed on familydoctor.org is developed as follows:

  • Content is authored by a professional writer/editor/producer who has a background in clinical development, health care writing, or by a physician or other health care provider.
  • Content is often reviewed by other health care providers who serve as subject matter experts.
  • Content is always reviewed by a professional editor who has a background in clinical development and by at least one physician whose specialty is family medicine.

Choosing a Family Physician

Family physicians specialize in caring for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients and their families. They know how your family’s health history and situation can affect your health. And they are trained to care for you through all the stages of your life. Find out more about how to choose the right family physician for you.



Disclaimer: The information provided on familydoctor.org is for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice. Any concerns or questions you have about your health or the health of your family should be discussed with your family physician. Please note that because medical information is constantly changing, some information on this site may be out of date.



Updated: 12/16