Premature coverage of abstracts troublesome

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.

Gary Schwitzer of the University of Minnesota writes about what he calls a “troubling trend:” Reporters are writing articles based upon abstracts for a meeting that hasn’t been held yet.

As Schwitzer points out, this allows companies to make claims about their research without reporters being able to examine all the data and get independent sources to comment on the findings.

Schwitzer goes into more detail and links to some of the stories in question.

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