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The Trust Crisis in HealthcareCauses, Consequences, and Cures$
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David A. Shore

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176360.001.0001

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Trustworthy Information: The Role of the Media

Trustworthy Information: The Role of the Media

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The Trust Crisis in Healthcare

Trudy Lieberman

Oxford University Press

Healthcare journalism cannot always be trusted to provide accurate and reliable healthcare information, as past history has shown. Several examples of the media reporting distorted healthcare information are detailed in this chapter. The line separating the editorial and publishing sides of media is vanishing, as the revenue needs of the media have increased. This dynamic reduces impartiality of healthcare reporting in favor of increased revenue generation. This chapter describes media reliance on so-called expert advice to provide healthcare information, in lieu of the reporter having done adequate research. It also describes tip journalism as an inadequate form of healthcare reporting.

Keywords:   expert advice, tip journalism, trust in media, healthcare journalism

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