Disclaimer – legal information

1. Purpose of the website

The information provided on www.shared-decision-making.org serves to support already existing physician-patient relationships and in no way aims to replace such relationships.

2. Limitation of liability

The contents of this website were prepared with the utmost of care. However, the provider does not assume any liability for the correctness, completeness and up-to-dateness of the contents provided. The use of the contents of the website takes place at the user’s own risk. Contributions by named authors reflect the view of the respective author and not necessarily the view of the provider. With the use of the website, no contractual relationship is established between the user and the provider.

3. External links

This website contains links to the websites of third parties (“external links”). These websites are subject to the liability of the respective operator. Upon initial provision of links to the external contents, it was checked whether possible legal infringements exist. No legal infringements were apparent at that time. The provider has no influence on the current and future design and on the contents of the linked pages. The setting of external links does not mean that the provider appropriates the contents behind the reference or link. A constant checking of these external links on the part of the provider without any concrete indications of legal infringements is not reasonable. If the provider becomes aware of legal infringements, these external links will be immediately removed. 

4. Copyright and related rights

The contents published on this website are subject to German copyright and related rights law. Any utilisation not permitted by German copyright and related rights law requires prior written consent of the provider or the respective rightholder. This applies in particular for duplication, editing, translation, storage, processing or reproduction of contents in databases or other electronic media and systems. Contents and rights of third parties are marked as such. The unauthorised duplication or reproduction of individual contents or complete pages is not permitted and is liable to prosecution. Only the production of copies and downloads for personal, private and non-commercial use is permitted.

The presentation of this website in external frames is only permitted upon written authorisation.

5. Data protection

Web analytics service

Our website uses Matomo (former Piwik), which is a so-called web analytics service. Matomo uses so-called "cookies", which are text files that are stored on your computer and which, in turn, allow us to analyze the use of the website. For this purpose, the usage information generated by the cookie (including your abbreviated IP address) is transmitted to our server and stored for purposes of analysis purposes, which is used by our website optimization. Your IP address will be anonymised immediately so that you remain anonymous to us as a user. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will not be passed on to third parties. You may prevent the use of cookies by setting your browser software, but you may not be able to fully utilize all of the features of this website. If you do not agree to the storage and evaluation of this data from yourvisit, you can always object to the storage and use at the click of a mouse. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser, which means that Matomo does not collect any session data. Attention: If you delete your cookies, this also means that the opt-out cookie is also deleted and, if necessary, you must be activated again.

The provider expressly points out that data transfer via the Internet (e.g. with communication via e-mail) is subject to security gaps, and cannot be fully protected against access from third parties.

Use of the contact data from the “About us” section for commercial advertising is expressly undesired unless the provider has given written permission in advance or a business relationship has already been established. The provider and all persons named on this website hereby dissent to any commercial use and forwarding of your data.

Handling of personal data

 The information on handling personal data applies only for the accessing of the domain www.shared-decision-making.org. As we also provide links to other offers, we would like to state that for the accessing of respective links, the data protection policy of the respective pages applies, for which we assume no liability.

No personal data are requested on our website. No forwarding or selling of data to third parties occurs. No cookies are sent.

Following our response to e-mail enquires, such enquiries are immediately deleted. No storage of personal data or forwarding of data to third parties occurs. For purposes of internal evaluation of the themes with the aim of improving the website, we only record the thematic contents of the enquiries in an offline database, and do not record any information about the person making the enquiry. Please note that we only respond to enquires with a complete sender address, as is customary in mail traffic.

For statistical analyses regarding the use of our website, we evaluate the webserver logfiles. The data for the creation of logfiles are automatically established and contain the following information:

Name of the domain which has accessed www.shared-decision-making.org (for example; .de, .net, etc., in the form: number of enquiries, number of pages, number of bytes, domains).

  • dates and times of access
  • addresses of sites visited
  • marking of the hostnames making enquiries

 The automatically created logfiles contain no personal information about the individual user.

6. Exclusion of advertising

The website does not contain any advertising. It was realised without financial support from third parties, in particular without financial donations from pharmaceutical companies and other service providers. The authors declare that no donations were provided by product manufacturers mentioned or linked on this website.

7. Financing of the portal

The website is financed by the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

8. Specific terms of use

Insofar as particular terms for individual usages of this website deviate from the aforementioned numbers 2 to 5, this will be explicitly stated at the respective place. In this case, the specific terms of use apply in the respective individual case.


Source: Sample disclaimer from Juraforum.de in cooperation with Übersetzer.eu.

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