Media coverage of medical journals: Do the best articles make the news?

Senthil Selvaraj, Durga S. Borkar, Vinay Prasad

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Background: News coverage of medical research is followed closely by many Americans and affects the practice of medicine and influence of scientific research. Prior work has examined the quality of media coverage, but no investigation has characterized the choice of stories covered in a controlled manner. We examined whether the media systematically covers stories of weaker study design. Methods: We compared study characteristics of 75 clinically-oriented journal articles that received coverage in the top five newspapers by circulation against 75 clinically-oriented journal articles that appeared in the top five medical journals by impact factor over a similar timespan. Subgroup analysis was performed to determine whether differences between investigations from both sources varied by study type (randomized controlled trial [RCT] or observational study). Results: Investigations receiving coverage from newspapers were less likely to be RCTs (17% vs. 35%, p = 0.016) and more likely to be observational studies (75% vs. 47%, p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere85355
JournalPLoS One
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 17 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Media coverage of medical journals : Do the best articles make the news? / Selvaraj, Senthil; Borkar, Durga S.; Prasad, Vinay.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 9, No. 1, e85355, 17.01.2014.

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Selvaraj, Senthil ; Borkar, Durga S. ; Prasad, Vinay. / Media coverage of medical journals : Do the best articles make the news?. In: PLoS One. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 1.
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