How to & how not to report on imaging/screening tests

In the same week when Kaiser Health News publishes a story about “Hospitals Promoting Bargain CT Scans For Smokers” – raising questions about “whether the strategy is a marketing ploy that could bring more harm than good” – CNN publishes a severely flawed story, “Will you have a heart attack? These tests might tell,” in which a conflicted source is allowed to make claims about various heart screening tests without any scrutiny of the evidence for those claims.

News organizations appear to take on a cultural bias about screening tests. The newsroom bias may be a healthy one of healthy skepticism, demanding evidence and scrutiny of that evidence. Or a news team can assume a bias of accepting promotional claims for screening without evaluating evidence, without considering true costs and harms as well as benefits.

Judge for yourself.

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Ken Leebow

August 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Gary,
Observing how the media blatantly dismissed Ron Paul after the Iowa vote (got to see Jon Stewart’s take on it), leads me to believe that they cannot be trusted with any issues … medical or otherwise.
They seem to report what they want and forget about truth, justice, and the American way … I had to get that in.
Keep on keeping on.
Kindest regards,
Ken Leebow