The content of this website is not peer-reviewed and should not be used by an inexperienced clinician as a direct source for patient care. Family Medicine Reference is not responsible for any errors or inconsistencies that may translate to poor patient care or adverse events.  All material on this site may be freely used and shared, granted that credit is given to the source.

Terms of Use Agreement

This version is in effect since September 2015.

A Note to the Casual Reader

This Terms of Use Agreement designed to protect Stamp Forge Inc., our community of users, and especially those users who help to create the content on this site. Please conduct yourself in a respectful and professional manner while using our site.

Remember that this is not a website for seeking medical advice. Under no circumstances should you store or post confidential medical information on this site. If you have concerns about any content on this site, please email .

You must read and accept the full legal agreement that follows.

Your Acceptance Of This Agreement

This is an Agreement between you and Stamp Forge, Inc. (the “Company”, “Stamp Forge”, or “Family Medicine Reference“) and governs your use of the Family Medicine Reference website and its content (collectively the “Web Site”). By using the Web Site you signify your acceptance and agreement, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by this Agreement. If you do not agree to be so bound, please exit the Web Site now.


By using the Website, you represent and warrant that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age and have the right, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Medical Information

This website may contain general information relating to various medical conditions and their treatment. Such information is provided for informational purposes and for your general interest only. It is not intended to be a substitute for advice provided by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. Nothing on this website should be construed as the giving of advice or the making of a recommendation and this website should not be relied on, in any manner whatsoever, as the basis for any decision or action.

Independent Contractors

If you are a representative of an independent contractor hired by Family Medicine Reference, you and the independent contractor are jointly and severally liable for your use of the Web Site, your performance of this Agreement and any breach by you of this Agreement, any and all use and misuse of your user name or password.

Prohibited Uses

Family Medicine Reference reserves the right to investigate and terminate your access to the Web Site if you have misused the Web Site, or behaved in a way which could be regarded as inappropriate or whose conduct is unlawful or illegal. The following is a partial list of the type of actions that you may not engage in with respect to the Web Site:

  • You will not impersonate any person or entity.
  • You will not upload, transmit or post any communications or content of any kind that infringes or violates the rights of anyone else.
  • You will not use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other manual or automatic device or process to retrieve, index, “data mine”, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Service or its contents.
  • You will not post, distribute or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior consent of the owner of such proprietary rights.
  • You will not remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices contained in the Service.
  • You will not interfere with or disrupt the Web Site or the servers or networks connected to the Services or the site.
  • You will not post, email or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
  • You will not “frame” or “mirror” any part of the Web Site, without Family Medicine Reference’s prior written permission. You also shall not use meta tags or code or other devices containing any reference to Family Medicine Reference or the Web Site in order to direct any person to any other web site for any purpose.
  • You will not modify, adapt, sublicense, translate, sell, reverse engineer, decipher, decompile or otherwise disassemble any portion of the Web Site or any software used on or for the Web Site or cause others to do so.

Posting Content

You are solely responsible for the content that you publish or display (hereinafter, “post”) on the Web Site. You will not post on the Web Site, any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, offensive, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, or illegal material, or any material that infringes or violates another party’s rights (including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights, and rights of privacy and publicity). You will not provide inaccurate, misleading or false information to Family Medicine Reference or to any other user. If information provided to Family Medicine Reference or another user, subsequently becomes inaccurate, misleading or false, you will promptly notify Family Medicine Reference of such change.

You understand and agree that Family Medicine Reference may review and delete any content posted by you in each case in whole or in part, that in the sole judgment of Family Medicine Reference violates this agreement.

By posting content to any area of the Web Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Family Medicine Reference, its affiliates, licensees and successors, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, reproduce, adapt, modify and distribute such information and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing. You further represent and warrant that any posting and use of your content by Family Medicine Reference will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party.

Family Medicine Reference reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action in its sole discretion against anyone who violates this provision, including without limitation, removing the offending content from the Web Site and terminating your use of the Web Site.

Special Provisions: Referencing The Web Site From Other Sources

We welcome links to pages of the Web Site if the following guidelines are observed:

  • You will notify Family Medicine Reference by sending an email to .
  • You will ensure that your links remain active as we may change URLs for individual pages. Family Medicine Reference will endeavor to provide notifications and/or redirects when content is updated, but we cannot guarantee that all URLs will remain valid.

In making reference to our Web Site or Company please use the following facts:

Stamp Forge, Inc. is an Ontario corporation based out of Guelph, Ontario. Family Medicine Reference is a website operated under the direction of its founders. The website is designed as a place for family doctors, residents, medical students and nurse practitioners quick answers to common questions in family practice.


Family Medicine Reference respects the privacy of every individual who visits our Web Site. By accepting this Agreement, you consent to Family Medicine Reference’s collection, use and disclosure of information regarding your use of the Web Site as set forth in accordance with the Family Medicine Reference Privacy Policy. If you do not consent, you may not use the Web Site.

Family Medicine Reference reserves the right to monitor your use of the Web Site and may collect, use and disclose that information for the following purposes: to improve the Web Site; to administer the Web Site; to maintain the security of the Web Site; to supervise your use of the Web Site; and to protect Family Medicine Reference’s intellectual property and other rights. The Web Site may use “cookies”, a technology that installs information on a Web Site user’s computer to permit the Web Site to recognize future visits using that computer.

Family Medicine Reference, in its discretion, may disclose information regarding your use of the Web Site to any person you purport to represent, and Family Medicine Reference has no control over that persons’ use of that information. Family Medicine Reference, in its discretion, may also disclose information regarding your use of the Web Site to a government institution that has asserted its lawful authority to obtain the information or where Family Medicine Reference has reasonable grounds to believe the information could be useful in the investigation of unlawful activity, to protect Family Medicine Reference’s intellectual property and other rights, to comply with a subpoena or warrant or an order made by a court, person or body with jurisdiction to compel the production of information, to comply with court rules regarding the production of records and information, or to Family Medicine Reference’s legal counsel.


All content (including, without limitation, design, text, graphics, icons and the selection and arrangement thereof) of this Web Site is the property of Family Medicine Reference, or used under license by Family Medicine Reference, and is subject to copyright protection. Family Medicine Reference does not waive any of its proprietary rights to such content. Family Medicine Reference authorizes you to display and electronically copy, download and print hard copy, for noncommercial use only, documents or pages published by Family Medicine Reference on this website, provided that with respect to any copy of these documents or pages which you make, Family Medicine Reference shall retain all copyright and proprietary rights and you shall not delete, remove or modify any copyright or proprietary notices and any disclaimers, identifications or marks contained therein, whether visible or non- visible. Any other use of materials on the website, including but not limited to the modification, reproduction, distribution, imitation, uploading, posting, transmitting, indexing, cataloguing, republication, display or transmission of the content of this website, without prior written permission of Family Medicine Reference, is prohibited. The availability of any contents through this website shall under no circumstance constitute a transfer of any copyrights, trade-marks, proprietary or other intellectual property rights of Family Medicine Reference to any website user or any third party. This website and the content are protected by Canadian and international copyright laws, both as individual works and as compilations. You may not delete any copyright or similar notice from any content you obtain from this website. © 2015 Stamp Forge, Inc., all rights reserved. Individual templates are property of their respective authors. Furthermore, please be advised that Family Medicine Reference enforces its copyright and other intellectual property and proprietary rights in Canada.

Trade-Mark Information

Family Medicine Reference and other names, logos and designs appearing on the Web Site (collectively the “Marks”) are trade-marks, trade-names and service-marks owned by Stamp Forge Inc.. Any unauthorized use of the Marks is strictly prohibited.

Disclaimer And Liability Exclusion



You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Stamp Forge, Inc., its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, resulting from any violation of these terms and conditions (including, but not limited to, negligent or wrongful conduct) by you. Stamp Forge, Inc. reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will cooperate with Stamp Forge, Inc. in asserting any available defenses.

Mobile Terms

These terms of use apply to any program, content or service accessed via your mobile telephone and to any software modules operating within on your mobile device. The use of any of these programs, content, services or software modules is interpreted as use of this website for the purposes of these terms of reference.


Family Medicine Reference may, at any time and for any reason in its discretion: (a) change, suspend or terminate, temporarily or permanently, the Web Site or any part of it; or (b) restrict, suspend or terminate (in whole or in part) your permission to access or use the Web Site and your user name and password; all without any notice or liability to you or any other person. If this Agreement or your permission to access or use the Web Site is terminated, then this Agreement will continue to apply and be binding upon you and any independent contractor you represent, jointly and severally, regarding your prior access to and use of the Web Site, and anything connected with, relating to or arising therefrom.

Governing Law And Disputes

The Web Site is controlled by Stamp Forge Inc. from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. This Terms of Use Agreement and your use of the Web Site or the information contained therein shall be governed by the law of Canada and the Province of Ontario, without regard to its conflict of laws excluding any rules of private international law or the conflict of laws that would lead to the application of any other laws.

Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, shall be brought exclusively in a federal or provincial court of competent jurisdiction sitting in the Province of Ontario, unless Simply Charting in its sole discretion, brings any such legal action or proceeding in a different court or venue. Any claim or cause of action you may have arising from, connected with, or relating to your use of the website or its contents, this Agreement, or any related matters must be commenced in a court of competent jurisdiction in the Province of Ontario within six (6) months after the claim or cause of action arises, after which time the claim or cause of action is forever barred.

Changes To This Agreement

Family Medicine Reference may, from time to time in its discretion, change, supplement or amend this Agreement as it relates to your future use of the Web Site, for any reason, and without any prior notice or liability to you or any other person. You may not change, supplement, or amend this Agreement in any manner.


If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed to be severed from the rest of this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

The provisions of this Agreement will enure to the benefit of and be binding upon each of Family Medicine Reference and its successors and assigns and related persons, and you and your heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and personal representatives, and any independent contractor you represent and their respective successors, assigns and related persons. You and any independent contractor you represent may not assign this Agreement or the rights and obligations under this Agreement without the express prior written consent of Family Medicine Reference, which may be withheld in Family Medicine Reference’s discretion. Stamp Forge Inc. may assign this Agreement and its rights and obligations under this Agreement without your consent or the consent of any independent contractor you represent. No consent or waiver by any party to or of any breach of this Agreement by any other party will be deemed or construed to be a consent to or waiver of a continuing breach or any other breach of this Agreement. No consent or waiver will be effective unless in writing and signed by all parties. Any rights not expressly granted by this Agreement are reserved to Family Medicine Reference. If you have any questions about these terms of use or the website in general, please contact us via email at .

Family Medicine Reference is a trademark of Stamp Forge, Inc.