Should the Media Report on Health Research?

Great thought piece on the challenges of reporting biomedical research stories to the public, featuring Harry W. Orf, PhD, the senior vice president for research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“[Dr. Orf] says it’s important for health stories to note that most discoveries don’t go immediately, or even quickly, from an academic journal to a hospital, pharmacy, or dietitian’s office.

“When a discovery is newsworthy, it’s important for the story to relate the realistic timeframe by which that discovery could potentially impact medicine,” Orf says. “That often is not emphasized enough or early enough in an article.”’

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