The mission of HealthNewsReview.org is to improve the public dialogue about health care by helping consumers critically analyze claims about health care interventions and by promoting the principles of shared decision-making reinforced by accurate, balanced and complete information about the tradeoffs involved in health care decisions. HealthNewsReview.org evaluates health care journalism, advertising, marketing, public relations and other messages that may influence consumers and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves. Improving the quality and flow of health care news and information to consumers can be a significant step towards meaningful health care reform.
Up until July 1, 2013, the funding for HealthNewsReview.org was provided by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. That Foundation never had any influence over the editorial operation of the project. However, that support has now ended. We will always be grateful for the generous support from the Foundation over such a long period of time.
Until new sources of support are found, all editorial contributions to the site will be unpaid.
This website is modeled, in large part, upon the pioneering effort begun by an Australian team that launched the Media Doctor Australia website in 2004. We are grateful to David Henry and the Media Doctor team for sharing their ideas and perspectives with us. The Australian effort was also the inspiration for a Media Doctor Canada site. Unfortunately, both the Australian and Canadian projects have shut down because of a loss of funding. Other similar sites launched in Germany, Hong Kong and Japan. The German site is the most active of these.
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