Association of Health Care Journalists conference convenes in Chicago

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I’ll be presenting along with Ivan Oransky tomorrow on “How to read medical studies and avoid pitfalls in reporting on them.

Screen shot 2010-04-22 at 11.47.07 AM.pngIt will also be a preview of an upcoming AHCJ guide for members on this same topic – a guide I’ve written with Ivan as eagle-eyed editor.

I’ll share my opinion that we have too much reporting on studies – at least far too much that doesn’t evaluate the evidence and emphasizes benefits while minimizing harms of new interventions. We should be spending a lot more time on the quality of care, on costs, on access, on disparities, on shared decision-making issues where the rubber meets the road in the interaction between people and their health care providers.

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