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Health News: Trust it or Trash it?
June 29, 2022 , 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT
Techniques for Identifying Accurate Health Information and Medical News
Presenter: Lise Dyckman, Executive Director, Planetree Health Library
News reporting on health topics is too often unreliable. As one example, a 2014 study found 90% of health news stories contained inaccurate information. Articles can turn out to be advertisements, push scams or fake news, or just be plain inaccurate. In the effort to make news stories catch readers’ eyes, journalists often mistake, exaggerate, or spin reports. They can also miss details that make all the difference when it comes to transforming research findings into medical treatment.
The good news is that by using critical thinking skills, tools, and techniques, even non-experts can spot inaccurate or unreliable health reporting. This program describes techniques (that anyone can use) for detecting bias, spin, and scam warning signs; identifies trustworthy go-to sources for quick and efficient searching; and offers tips on how to evaluate medical research reports.
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