Schwitzer 2009 Roles responsibilities media disseminate

Title What Are the Roles and Responsibilities of the Media in Disseminating Health Information?
Format Publication
Authors Schwitzer, G., Mudur, G., Henry, D., Wilson, A., Goozner, M., et al.
Journal Name (if applicable) PLoS Medicine
Date Published 2009
Open Access Y/N Yes
Hard copy PDF Available Y/N Yes
Abstract Background to the debate: In December 2004 three news stories in the popular press suggested that the side effects of single-dose nevirapine, which has been proven to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, had been covered up. Many HIV experts believed that the stories were unwarranted and that they would undermine use of the drug, leading to a rise in neonatal HIV infection. The controversy surrounding these stories prompted the PLoS Medicine editors to ask health journalists, and others with an interest in media reporting of health, to share their views on the roles and responsibilities of the media in disseminating health information.