The public has a strong interest in medical and health news. A recent
survey for the National Health Council1 found
that three quarters of Americans pay a "moderate amount" or a "great deal"
of attention to medical and health news. Many survey respondents said the
media do a good (47%) or excellent (5%) job of reporting medical and health
news, but others rated the overall quality of health and medical news as only
"fair" (37%) or even "poor" (9%), with concerns about the credibility of news
sources; biased, sensational, or inaccurate coverage; and contradictory or
confusing stories. Another noteworthy finding from the survey was that physicians
were by far the most common resource for further information about medical
Glass RM, Molter J, Hwang MY. Providing a Tool for Physicians to Educate Patients: The JAMA Patient Page. JAMA. 1998;279(16):1309. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1309
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