Posted by Gary Schwitzer in Health care journalism
CNN went “live” yesterday from the operating room where Olympic swimmer Dara Torres was having arthritic shoulder surgery.
And why have the reporter in the room saying “Hi” to her while the anesthesia is about to take her under?
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This online piece – and the slickly produced video within it – were apparently done for CNN International and a segment called “Make, Create, Innovate.” We suggest, instead, an approach that would discuss “Data, Evidence, Costs” and more.
Aided by caveats in a concluding quote from an independent expert, this story was appropriately cautious about the value of an experimental approach for children at risk of autism. But it should have warned readers that the findings were not statistically significant. We offer training to help journalists make these judgments.
Meeting most of our criteria for quality health journalism, this solid Wall Street Journal “Aches and Claims” column helps readers sort out research on a potential cholesterol-lowing supplement.
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