Surrogate Markers: Why health care consumers & journalists need to know about them

Michael Joyce produces multimedia at and tweets as @mlmjoyce

Rarely a week passes for us at that we don’t come across surrogate markers being misunderstood or misused.

It’s understandable. On the surface they often seem intuitive, while spotting their misapplication is not.

But if more consumers and health journalists learned just a few ways to spot this, it would go a long way to improving health literacy. So we offer:


It’s written by veteran health care journalist Mary Chris Jaklevic, and is one of the most clear and concise discussions of the topic I’ve ever read. It’s well worth reading for anyone who regularly writes or reads about health care.

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