NOTE TO READERS: When this project lost substantial funding at the end of 2018, I lost the ability to continue publishing criteria-driven news story reviews and PR news release reviews - once the bread-and-butter of the site going back to 2006. The 3,200 archived reviews, while still educational, are getting old and difficult for me to technically maintain on the back end of the website. So I am announcing that I plan to remove these reviews from the site by April 1, 2021. The blog and the toolkit - two of the most popular features on the site - will remain. If you wish to peruse the reviews before they disappear, please do so by the end of March 2021. After that date you may still be able to access them via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine - https://archive.org/web/.

8th straight – and maybe the last – Association of Health Care Journalists talk about HealthNewsReview.org

This week, for the 8th straight year,  I’ll speak about the work of HealthNewsReview.org at an annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists – this one in Denver.  For this one – as I’ve done in the last couple of such workshops – I’ll tag team with Ivan Oransky, MD, vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today.  (Thursday, 9 a.m., on the program.)

I don’t think anyone has spoken at this conference for 8 consecutive years on the same topic.

But this may be my last talk about the work of HealthNewsReview.org in this setting because we have been forced to abandon our systematic story reviews – once done by a team of more than 20 reviewers – due to a loss of funding.

I’ll certainly still consider invitations to speak based on the experience of my career, but the database of story reviews may stand as it is today, locked at 1,889 story reviews, because I don’t have the funding to pay the terrific team of reviewers that I once had.  There are at least 1,889 lessons in those reviews – all available on the website – about how stories about health care interventions can be done well, and how they can be done so poorly that they may cause harm.

As I’ll ask in my talk, “Who will continue this kind of work?” – the work of independent health care news watchdog in an attempt to improve the public dialogue about health care.

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