Health news regularly includes medical advice about how to treat, prevent, and protect yourself, but can you believe what’s reported? To substantiate such advice, you need to examine the claims and analyze the evidence. Industry watchdog HealthNewsReview.org has long challenged health claims and helped the general public gather accurate, balanced, and complete information about the tradeoffs often involved when making health care decisions.
Through the site, publisher Gary Schwitzer and his team educate consumers about how to evaluate health news found in journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations releases. HealthNewsReview.org also has fostered public dialogue about health care interventions by providing resources such as the ten essential criteria for evaluating claims about treatments, tests, products, and procedures.
In this seminar, Schwitzer will discuss the positive and negative influence of media messages on the public’s understanding of health news, but more, he’ll explain how to read between the lines.
LearningLife seminars embrace Socrates's belief in inquiry and exchange. Seminars include both lecture and critical discussion.
Gary Schwitzer, adjunct associate professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, has taught health journalism workshops for the National Institutes of Health, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the National Cancer Institute, and MIT, among others. The publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, he has been honored for his contributions to medical communication by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and the American Medical Writers Association.