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Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better DecisionsEnvisioning Health Care 2020$
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Gerd Gigerenzer and J.A. Muir Gray

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016032

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016032.001.0001

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Improving Health Care Journalism

Improving Health Care Journalism

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(p.169) 11 Improving Health Care Journalism
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Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions
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Holger Wormer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016032.003.0011

To improve health care journalism, criteria and assessment strategies are needed. This has proven difficult due to the various definitions of quality used by science and journalism. Recommendations are made to integrate these varying perspectives into a usable set of quality criteria. Ranking the quality of health news must be conducted on the basis of consistent criteria. Several strategies are presented to improve evaluation. A two-step model is proposed to increase the quality of investigation and presentation in science journalism. This model is accessible to highly specialized as well as general journalists. An overview is provided of the basic rules in journalistic presentation, and the effects of medical reporting among recipients are discussed. Health reporting in the media and the quality debate concerning direct consumer/patient information (via Internet) is highlighted. Finally, the future role of health care journalism, journalists, and “personal evidence scouts” is discussed in the context of a rapidly changing and fragmented media world.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, evidence-based medicine, health care, science journalism, journalism, measuring scientific quality, medical reporting

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