We are pleased to welcome two breast cancer survivors as news story reviewers for HealthNewsReview.org.
It’s an idea that had been suggested to me some time ago by the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), which offers superb training to its members in how to evaluate medical evidence in an effort called Project Lead.
The first two (is it presumptive to suggest there may be more?) women who have joined our review effort are:
Christine Norton, a 20-year breast cancer survivor, longtime active member of NBCC and co-founder of the Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition.
Suzanne Hicks, diagnosed in 2003, closed a 30-year psychotherapy practice in Albany, NY in 2005, and has now started a local breast cancer peer study group.
Today Christine worked on her first story review, and her expertise was immediately evident. So, on this review, we had three reviewers: a breast cancer survivor; a scientist specializing in breast cancer decision support; and a journalist (me).
This is the beginning of a new attempt to get more voices involved in the review of stories on HealthNewsReview.org. In 2011 we will explore ways to involve more “wisdom of the crowds” in our daily reviews, so that we can better assess what people want and need from health care news stories – and better judge whether they’re getting what they want and need.