Osteoporosis Coverage in Selected Women's Magazines and Newspapers, 1998-2001
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 27, Number 1, January 2003 , pp. 75-83(9)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives: To evaluate the accountability of osteoporosis information available in selected mass-circulating women's magazines (n=8) and a sample of newspapers (n=2). Methods: Osteoporosis articles (n=132) were assessed for sources of information used, incidence/prevalence statistics, risks factors, and prevention measures. Results: Expert sources were highlighted in the majority of articles, whereas incidence/prevalence statistics were described in less than half of the articles. Risk factors and prevention measures were outlined in most articles; however, much of the information presented was ambiguous and incomplete. Conclusion: It appears that the reporting of osteoporosis in women's magazines and newspapers is not entirely balanced; thus, future coverage should provide greater detail when reporting risks and preventive measures.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Knoxville, TN. 2: University of Texas at Tyler, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Tyler, TX.
Publication date: January 1, 2003
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