MIDSS

About MIDSS Team

About Us

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Welcome to the measurement instrument database for social sciences (MIDSS). This website is designed as a repository of instruments used to collect data from across the social sciences.

Our Team

Logan Nguyen-1

Logan Nguyen

Co-Founder & CMO at MIDSS

Adrian White-1

Adrian, W., Nutritionist

Herbalist, Wellness Writer, Organic Farmer

Stephanie Nichols-1

Dr. Stephanie, N., NMD

Naturopathic Physician, Nutritionist, Health & Medical Writer

Brittany Ferri-1

Brittany, F., PhD

Occupational Therapist, Medical Reviewer

Heather Freudenthal-1

Heather, F., Health Coaching

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Wellness Writer

Jennifer Turkyilmaz-3

Jennifer, T., BSN, RN

Medical Writer & BSN, RN

Nyasha Stevens-2

Nyasha, S., BS

Medical Writer, Health & Fitness

Yelena Wheeler-1

Yelena, W., MPH, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, MPH

Blanca Garcia-1

Blanca, G., RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Conor Prendergast-1

Conor, P., MD

Medical Student

Surya Bella-1

Surya, B., Nutritionist

Nutritionist Writer

Christine VanDoren-1

VanDoren, C., Nutritionist

Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Writer

Drew Sutton-3

Sutton, D., MD

Medical Writer & Editor

zaakir-shakoor-2

Shakoor, Z., Nutritionist

Nutrition, Exercise & Health Specialist/Writer

Elizabeth Gonzalez Cueto-2

Cueto, E.G., MD

Medical Doctor & Medical Writer

Oglesbee-1

Oglesbee, P., BA

Health, Wellness & Beauty Writer

Rick Bayer-1

Bayer, R., MD

Medical Writer & Medical Doctor

madisonclarke-1

Clarke, M., MBAHM

MBA in Healthcare Management

1. Our Mission

The mission of MIDSS is to be one of the world’s leading providers of information regarding effective medicines, medical treatments, and active ingredients. The solution is often within reach, all that is missing is information and knowledge. Using the most recent research findings and latest scientific works, we help you to make your decision with more security and thus greater personal responsibility. Furthermore, we enable professionals to make more informed decisions, discuss potential consequences, and determine whether or not they can ultimately help you, so you can choose the best option for yourself and the people you care about.

2. Our Value

MIDSS’s diverse team of writers, editors, and contributors is dedicated to delivering comprehensive and top-rate quality articles that are reader-centric. It is our goal that you use the information we provide to optimize your options and make the best purchasing decisions for your health, family, and loved ones.  

We take the responsibility to create trustworthy and informative content. To ensure our articles are authentic, accurate, and up-to-date, each published piece undergoes an industry-leading review process including meticulous fact-checking for medical, and scientific accuracy. MIDSS writers are health experts and devoted specialists who are committed to providing high-quality, neutral, and evidence-based research on health and wellness information. 

Our well-trained editorial team has a deep understanding of consumer insights, and social trends using the best practices to make sure you understand what you’re reading. We have rigorous citation guidelines that are primary sources selected from peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutes, and medical journals, and then medically reviewed by certified physicians. To support transparency, we link all the sources within the articles and display them at the bottom of the resources section. 

MIDSS stands out because of our distinguished principles, beliefs, and standards to empower you to take the initiative in your health.

3. Rating Methodology

3.1. Supplement

Our method for evaluating supplement suppliers is based on thorough and dedicated research of individual products. We are able to directly compare the supplements offered by collecting qualitative and quantitative data about each brand and the user experience as a result. We evaluate a brand based on 3 criteria of Reputation, Quality & Transparency, and Pricing.

3.1.1.  Brand Transparency

We will look at general factors about brands and companies such as the age of establishment, and whether the company has FDA assurance of safety and quality or meets the rules of the Food and Drug Administration (Food and Drug Administration) (FDA). In addition, we will also consult customers or lawsuits that have occurred due to the quality of the products since the company was established until now.

3.1.2. Quality 

  • Sourcing & Ingredients: We will review the information and location of the safe source of the material. The ingredients printed on the packaging and in the product description are validated.
  • Third-party Testing: We’ll be looking at certificates of analysis (COAs) to back up brands’ claims of ingredient content and potential contaminants. The validity period stated on the product and the COAs should also be carefully compared. In a product of good quality, this is almost mandatory. In addition, we will also check the LOQ or LOD labs, which can give an accurate estimate of the THC content in the product.
  • Manufacturing Standard: The key to having a good product is that their manufacturing facility must be approved by them for FDA compliance and good practice. We will learn about the address of the manufacturing facility as well as the method to produce the product with good results.

3.1.3. Safety

  • Side effect: While it’s generally well put to use, the product can also provide accessories, such as dryness, pepper, decreased appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. The products reviewed can also interact with other medications you are taking. We will try to provide the most complete information about the side effects of each product.
  • Ingredient: Another benevolent concern is about the unreliability of the purity and evaluation of products. In addition to lab reports, we’ll also hear from some of the experts on the products we review for you. The ingredients contained in the products have been approved by the FDA.

While we will always try to be as informative as possible. If you have underlying medical conditions and plan to use supplement products, consult with your doctor.

3.1.4. Support Research

While product testing claims are often highly accurate, they are by no means absolute. So in order to help strengthen the confidence of our customers when using our products, we have put in place certain criteria to check the accuracy of product claims.

There are 2 main types of research:

  • Randomized controlled trial (RCT)
  • Observational Studies

Randomized controlled trial (RCT): RCT is a type of scientific experiment that is used to control factors that are not directly under experimental control. Clinical trials that compare the effects of drugs, surgical techniques, medical devices, diagnostic 

procedures or other medical treatments are examples of RCTs.

An RCT allows statistical control over these influences by randomly assigning participants to one of two treatments. An RCT may achieve sufficient control over these confounding factors to provide a useful comparison of the treatments studied if it is well designed, properly practiced, and enrolls a sufficient number of participants.

Observational Studies: In contrast to the above RCT method applied to random subjects which can be difficult for analysis and inference, these studies have clearly specified target groups in order to accurately analyze the effects of products on specific target groups.

Combining the two studies above means that there are very few real-life cases missed in the study, and the claims will be more accurate.

3.1.5. Value

Price has always been one of the important factors influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions. We always want to direct users to products that have a balance between quality and value.

MIDSS editors and health professionals will combine the factors above and compare them to the prices of alternative products on the market, as well as reviews from users who have purchased the product in order to bring the most objective view of the value of that product to consumers

3.2. Health Service 

Our methodology for evaluating online therapy providers is thorough and data-driven. We were able to directly compare services offered by gathering qualitative and quantitative data about each company and its users’ experiences.

We evaluated each company based on its user-friendly, sign-up process, subscription offerings, client privacy protections, and ease of changing therapists. Then we looked at therapist qualifications, the different types of therapy available, the quality of care, client-therapist communication options, session length, and the therapist assignment process. Finally, we considered cost, value for money, insurance, overall user satisfaction, and the likelihood that clients would recommend them.

3.2.1. User Friendly 

We base our assessments on our real-life experiences and through user satisfaction surveys on issues such as: Is the registration process really easy and fast? What are the ways to communicate with customer support? And what is the speed of getting a response? The process of changing between service packages is complicated.

3.2.2. Quality

  • Core value: We will compare the quality of the service with the respective platforms. As to who the service is performed by, is it suitable for online, licensed companies as well as qualified and licensed or research-proven? What makes it stand out from other services?
  • Personalize: Whether the services are personalized to specific users.
  • Add-on: Are the attached services really of good quality, are the prices reasonable, are there signs of fraud to increase user costs?

3.2.3. Cost

We will see how much the services will cost. Generally, can benefits cover any of these costs? Will we compare rates to what you would pay for a competitor’s service or for traditional, in-person therapy? Is there a chance to get a discount or discount

3.2.4. Support Research

With the goal of providing the service that best suits your choice.

Our research team buys, tests, and compares a wide range of telehealth services in order to write in-depth reviews and guides. Our articles are also thoroughly reviewed for accuracy by one or more members of our Medical Review Board.

3.2.5. Customer Services

We will evaluate based on actual user experience interviewed, and we also have a team of experts to specialize in reviewing these services.

4. Advertising Disclaimer

MIDSS’s mission is to bring you reliable health information to help you and your family lead a healthy life. Therefore, the content on MIDSS is created with strict vetting processes from our editors and the medical professionals who work with us. MIDSS may cooperate with companies and businesses that are interested in distributing their own product. For this, we have created several guidelines to ensure the neutrality of our contributions and information. It is crucial to note that we distinguish between editorial content and advertising. If a contribution is sponsored, we state this transparently.

4.1. We decide which ads to appear

MIDSS reserves the right to refuse, cancel or delete advertisements at any time for any reason. We also reserve the right to decide on the placement of advertisements on the website. We will not accept advertisements that contain deceptive, misleading, and inflammatory elements. Ads that attack individuals or groups based on age, color, national origin, race, sex, and disability will not appear on MIDSS. Ads must not be related to alcohol, weapons, gambling, pornography, tobacco, and politics. All ads must show the advertiser’s information. All promotional content that could be confused with editorial content will be labeled as advertising.

4.2. We do not endorse any advertised products or services

We disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy, content, or availability of information found in advertisements displayed on MIDSS. And we do not guarantee the quality of products/services purchased by users from third-party sites, as these sites are owned and operated by others. We do not endorse products/services or claims coming from third-party/manufacturer websites. Ads are displayed automatically and there is no relation between the MIDSS and the advertised content.

4.3. We make a clear distinction between ads content and editorial content

In all cases, we make a clear distinction between promotional content and editorial content. All advertising content will be marked “advertising” transparently and clearly by us. Clicking on an advertisement will take the user to an advertising page operated by third parties and we disclaim all liability as set out in section 2.

4.4. We work independently of manufacturers

MIDSS seeks cooperation and sponsorship opportunities from reputable manufacturers and service providers. This provides financial benefits to MIDSS as well as its users by providing up-to-date health content. However, the products and services that appear on MIDSS are independently reviewed by our editorial team and health professionals and are not subject to any influence from our partners. We have review guidelines in place to ensure that the content on MIDSS is transparent and provides true value to our readers.

4.5. Affiliate Program

At MIDSS, we always aim to bring users a lot of practical value. Our editors will include links to products they think will help users. While the products are selected independently, we want you to know that if you make a purchase through a link on our website, we may receive a small commission from our partners.

5. Medical Disclaimer 

Midss.org is a digital platform that aims to provide a full range of useful health information to help users access the most up-to-date and accurate information. However, we do not act as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Our content has been developed in collaboration with licensed medical professionals, however, they are for informational purposes only. No medical opinions are expressed or implied. Always consult your doctor or healthcare providers with questions regarding your medical condition, alternative medicines, or dietary supplements to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness.

We make no guarantees as to the effectiveness and safety of the products or services mentioned on our websites as product information and health conditions may change and lead to health problems, unwanted interactions, and side effects.