Journal article

Media Reporting of Health Interventions: Signs of Improvement, but Major Problems Persist

Amanda Wilson, Billie Bonevski, Alison Jones, David Henry

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Studies have persistently shown deficiencies in medical reporting by the mainstream media. We have been monitoring the accuracy and comprehensiveness of medical news reporting in Australia since mid 2004. This analysis of more than 1200 stories in the Australian media compares different types of media outlets and examines reporting trends over time. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Between March 2004 and June 2008 1230 news stories were rated on a national medical news monitoring web site, Media Doctor Australia. These covered a variety of health interventions ranging from drugs, diagnostic tests and surgery to dietary and complementary therapies. Each story was independently assessed by tw..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Media Doctor Australia has received funding over the past two years from the Hunter Medical Research Institute and the University of Newcastle. The funders has no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.