Toolkit for journalists and consumers

Looking for help?

We’ve assembled a number of tipsheets, primers, links and other resources to help journalists and consumers evaluate claims about health care interventions.

Journalists: Also see our just for journalists section.


medical-research-tipsheetsTips for understanding research and studies

Number needed to treat. Relative risk vs absolute risk. Observational studies. We dive into these concepts and more with our research-focused tipsheets.


podcast-vignetteThe Health News Watchdog podcast

Our podcast, hosted by publisher Gary Schwitzer, aims to improve the public dialogue about health care. You’ll hear stories and interviews with people who are passionate about helping people get accurate, balanced, complete health care information so that they can make better decisions.


sources-docsResources for evaluating claims & analyzing news coverage

We’re not the only ones working hard to improve communication around medical research. These sites will provide added depth to your efforts to understand the science.



siteswelikeNews sites and blogs we like

We read these sites often to stay on top of some of the best news coverage on medical research and healthcare issues in general.




Just for journalists

stem cell -thumbnailWriting tips and case studies

This page includes primers for writing about complex medical topics, advice for common pitfalls healthcare journalists face, and in-depth case studies on how we cracked open several important medical stories in recent years.



A list of independent experts who can help with stories

Members of our list of independent experts state that they do not have financial ties to drug or medical device manufacturers.