Posted by Gary Schwitzer in Health care journalism
At least CNN doesn’t discriminate based on gender when it gives screening test advice that clashes with evidence-based guidelines.
Back in February, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta gave screening test recommendations to men at various ages. The advice flew in the face of unbiased, authoritative guidelines of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
Then on Mother’s Day weekend in May, CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen gave women screening test advice that also conflicted with USPSTF recommendations.
See my full commentary on this topic.
To promote screening in groups for whom the evidence of benefit is not clear and for whom the evidence of some harm is significant is not good journalism. It is a form of advocacy journalism that is advocating the wrong things.
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