TITLE

Ten troublesome trends in TV health news

AUTHOR(S)
Schwitzer, Gary
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);12/4/2004, Vol. 329 Issue 7478, p1352
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Comments on trends in television health news. Finding of ten troublesome trends in medical reporting; Stories that are too brief to matter; Lack of full time health journalists; Lack of data to back up sensational claims; Use of hyperbole; Commercialism; Use of single source stories; Baseless predictions; The use of FDA approval as proof of safety; Lack of coverage on health policy issues; Lack of independent reporting; Belief that those who rely on television for medical news are not getting the whole story.
ACCESSION #
15309960

 

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