Doctors or medical students who answer medical or medically-related questions on Quora should identify themselves as licensed physicians or medical students and add a disclaimer to the end of those answers.
Quora makes it easy for users who are doctors or medical students to include a personalized medical disclaimer when answering a question in the Medicine and Healthcare topic (and related topics).
Attaching a disclaimer ensures that anywhere the answer text is shown, it is accompanied by the disclaimer text beneath it. The disclaimer will appear in a visually distinct region beneath the answer, truncated to show only the first line with an option for the reader to expand to the full text.
To add a disclaimer, the eligible user should click the "Attach Medical Disclaimer" link found by clicking the "..." icon at the bottom of the answer editor and following the instructions.
When an eligible user attaches a disclaimer for the first time, the space will be pre-filled with the following template language which the answerer can use or edit:
"This answer is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Quora users who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Quora's Terms of Service ()."
This medical disclaimer (the default or an edited version) will be the disclaimer that shows up on your answers in questions in Medicine and Healthcare. Once initially set, a user's personalized disclaimer may be edited from the Settings page. Note: editing this text will update the text on all previous disclaimers.
Once an eligible user initially creates a personalized disclaimer, she can attach this disclaimer to any existing answer (i.e., even on questions that are not tagged with Medicine-related topics) by editing that answer and clicking the "Attach Disclaimer" link. Disclaimers may be removed from an answer by editing that answer, and clicking the "X" next to the disclaimer text.
We've worked hard and done research to craft this disclaimer language to protect our users. However, medical board rules differ by state and country, so we aren't sure that this language will work for every doctor in every location -- especially since rules can change over time. As always, use your own good judgment as a licensed professional and, if appropriate, edit the disclaimer language to comply with your state's medical rules.