Michael Joyce is a writer-producer with HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce
As health care information flows from its source to the general public there are several opportunities for contamination.
That contamination is something we document every day at HealthNewsReview.org: imbalanced, inaccurate media messages that mislead consumers about health care.
But who is polluting our health care information? And how?
In this podcast we speak with four people intimately involved in understanding and explaining not only how this happens, but what we can do about it.
These experts will address topics such as the influence of promotional news releases, the impact of financial conflicts of interest, and the role of patient advocacy groups who don’t always advocate in patients’ best interests.
In order of their appearance in the podcast, here’s more on the people featured:
Consultant and speaker on patient engagement
A bit more about Dave’s cancer
General internists who research overdiagnosis, risk communication, and drug marketing
2018 BMJ essay on overdiagnosis and overtreatment
Their work on patient risk awareness
Investigative medical reporter
Our 2016 podcast featuring Fauber
A 2014 profile of Fauber in the Columbia Journalism review
Former chair of US Preventive Services Task Force; expert in evidence-based medicine and overdiagnosis
Time Magazine: 2011 “People Who Mattered” profile
2016 Annals of Internal Medicine opinion: “Is it time for the USPSTF to inform — but not determine — coverage?
Moyer weighs in on osteoporosis guidelines in this 2018 article from HealthNewsReview.org
Our publisher Gary Schwitzer’s opinion piece on the polluted stream for The BMJ.
HealthNewsReview.org’s ongoing series: Problematic PR releases.
More from Woloshin and Schwartz on media coverage of scientific meetings.
John Fauber’s writing on industry-funded continuing medical education courses
We’ve written extensively on the impact of patient advocacy groups.
A fascinating article on guideline authorship by professional societies by John Ioannidis, MD
You can find a full listing of all our podcasts HERE