Scientific Uncertainty in the Press: How Newspapers Describe Initial Biomedical Findings

Abstract : Newspapers preferentially cover initial biomedical findings although they are often disconfirmed by subsequent studies. We analyzed 426 newspaper articles covering 40 initial biomedical studies associating a risk factor with 12 pathologies and published between 1988 and 2009. Most articles presented the study as initial but only 21% mentioned that it must be confirmed by replication. Headlines of articles with a replication statement were hyped less often than those without. Replication statements have tended to disappear after 2000, whereas hyped headlines have become more frequent. Thus, the public is increasingly poorly informed about the uncertainty inherent in initial biomedical findings.
Type de document :
Article dans une revue
Science Communication, SAGE Publications, 2018, 40 (1), pp.124-141. 〈10.1177/1075547017752166〉
Liste complète des métadonnées

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01807150
Contributeur : Karine Jenart <>
Soumis le : lundi 4 juin 2018 - 14:40:28
Dernière modification le : mardi 5 juin 2018 - 01:04:49

Identifiants

Collections

Citation

Estelle Dumas-Mallet, Andy Smith, Thomas Boraud, François Gonon. Scientific Uncertainty in the Press: How Newspapers Describe Initial Biomedical Findings. Science Communication, SAGE Publications, 2018, 40 (1), pp.124-141. 〈10.1177/1075547017752166〉. 〈halshs-01807150〉

Partager

Métriques

Consultations de la notice

38