Communicating health risks in science publications: time for everyone to take responsibility.


Type
Article
Change log
Authors
Freeman, Alexandra LJ 
Spiegelhalter, David J 
Abstract

Research that is poorly communicated or presented is as potentially damaging as research that is poorly conducted or fraudulent. Recent examples illustrate how the problem often lies with researchers, not press officers or journalists. The quest for publication and 'impact' must not outweigh the importance of accurate representation of science; herein, we suggest steps that researchers, journalists and press officers can take to help ensure this.

Description
Keywords
Absolute risk, Alcohol, Practical significance, Press release, Relative risk, Risk communication, Ethics, Research, Health Communication, Humans, Publications, Publishing, Research, Research Design
Journal Title
BMC Med
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
1741-7015
1741-7015
Volume Title
16
Publisher
Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Sponsorship
David And Claudia Harding Foundation (unknown)
David & Claudia Harding Foundation & Winton Charitable Trust