Francesca Frati (who rules) pointed out last week a site produced by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: http://behindthemedicalheadlines.com/.
Craig Stoltz (previously mentioned) dropped me an email to point out a post I’d missed from The Health Care Blog by Alicia White of Bazian (the company which evaluates stories for the NHS’s Behind the Headlines service).
Says Ms. White:
…we’ve developed the following questions to help you figure out which articles you’re going to believe, and which you’re not.
- Does the article support its claims with scientific research?
- Is the article based on a conference abstract?
- Was the research in humans?
- How many people did the research study include?
- Did the study have a control group?
- Who paid for and conducted the study?
- Did the study actually assess what’s in the headline?
- How can I find out more?
Good stuff. Go read it.
Thanks again for the pointers, Francesca and Craig!