Improving reporting on medical studies (#ahcj09)

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

“It is possible for good health journalists to provide spectacular stories on health,” said David Henry, CEO of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

During the afternoon panel on “Statistics, Conclusions, Limitations: Reporting on Medical Studies” at the annual Association of Health Care Journalists meeting in Seattle both Henry and moderator Gary Schwitzer, concurred that most health and medical reporting is inaccurate, imbalanced and incomplete. “After three years and 750 stories reviewed there is still a ‘kid-in-the-candy-store projection of health’ in most health news,”Schwitzer said shortly before he launched into a dissection of several news stories.

Independent journalist Christy Fricks writes about the panel – links to the speakers’ presenations are included.

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