SPECIAL NOTE: This is an ARCHIVED site. Content is no longer updated and community functions are disabled. Visitor access to and use of the archived version of SharingStrength continues to be subject to the policies and terms outlined below.
SharingStrength is a Canadian online resource and community for women with breast cancer. It links users to quality health information and support resources, and provides a public space in which to exchange information, insights and ideas.
SharingStrength is not a substitute for medical advice or medical treatment.
SharingStrength’s editorial policy is developed by the Editorial Team and the independent Advisory Committee. SharingStrength’s Editorial Team recommends policy criteria or revisions to existing policies and presents these to the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee reviews and approves policy. It may also suggest revisions to policy.
SharingStrength maintains complete editorial independence and operational separation from the sponsor of the site, AstraZeneca Canada. None of the content is pre-screened, altered or edited by the sponsor at any time.
SharingStrength is a bilingual service. Services, tools and functionality are provided in French and English. The French and English discussion forums are conducted independently. Where possible, links to external resources are offered in both French and English. If a resource is unilingual, it will not be automatically translated by SharingStrength. However, some unilingual resources will be translated if deemed to be of particular value to the community.
SharingStrength does not edit, censor or otherwise control user postings. It does not use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, distribute, publicly display, create derivative works from, transfer or sell any user-contributed information unless we have first secured permission from the user. For those wishing to contribute to SharingStrength forums or discussions, we provide “safe use” guidelines. Please read the Discussion Guidelines and Using SharingStrength Safely.
The SharingStrength Editorial Team sources, evaluates and indexes external resources that it deems valuable for Canadian women with breast cancer according to SharingStrength’s Resource Selection Criteria. SharingStrength exercises no control over third-party websites and is not responsible for their content or policies. While SharingStrength assumes responsibility for providing links to third-party websites deemed to be valuable resources, we are not responsible for links to third-party websites as posted by SharingStrength users.
The Editorial Team works with the community to recognize and meet the needs of the community of Canadian women affected by breast cancer. This is done by evaluating responses collected through the various feedback and communication mechanisms available throughout the website and via the Advisory Committee outreach efforts. When an unmet need* is identified, we assist and facilitate in the sourcing and/or development of a new quality support resource.
*A need is unmet if 1) a valuable resource is available in one language only or 2) important information or useful tools do not exist.
The Editorial Team will seek accreditation for SharingStrength.ca from applicable accrediting bodies, such as Health On the Net Foundation (HONCode).
What if an organization disagrees with our editorial policy?
SharingStrength will make every effort to promote a collaborative and cooperative environment. All objections will be documented and presented to the Advisory Committee. The organization will be notified of any revision to policy.
What if an organization does not want its web content to be included in SharingStrength’s Resource Library?
The Editorial Team will make every effort to gain cooperation from the organization. However, World Wide Web content is subject to open source principles and SharingStrength will link to a valuable resource with or without permission/cooperation.
What if a SharingStrength user complains about the content of a resource in the Resource Library?
The Editorial Team will re-evaluate the resource and make a recommendation to the Advisory Committee. The editor will contact the user directly to notify her of the Advisory Committee’s decision and provide justification.
The Editorial Team will review the posting and use policy criteria to determine whether the posting should: 1. remain posted, 2. remain posted with editorial comment added, 3. be removed permanently, or 4. removed temporarily pending a decision from the Advisory Committee. The editor will contact the user directly and describe the action taken and provide justification.