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AHCJ workshop: What are your criteria in reporting on health care research?

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The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) hosts its annual conference in Philadelphia April 14-17.

I’ll lead a two-hour workshop on Thursday, April 14 along with Harold DeMonaco, director of the Innovation Support Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital – and an expert story reviewer for HealthNewsReview.org.

Session description: What do you think needs to be included in stories about research on new treatments, tests, products and procedures? The HealthNewsReview.org project has put its stake in the ground that there are 10 criteria that deserve attention. They may not be perfect, but if they’re not, what criteria do you use? In this interactive workshop, you’ll look at some studies and dismantle some stories and decide – perhaps in ways you never have before – what’s essential. Targeted primarily for journalists who are fairly new to the beat or for those who are uncertain about how to evaluate evidence, although journalists of any skill and experience level will learn from this opportunity.

Last year, AHCJ published a guide that I wrote with editing by Ivan Oransky of Reuters Health, “Covering Medical Research: A Guide To Reporting on Studies.”

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