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Does It Matter Who Writes Medical News Stories?

  • Amanda Wilson,

    Affiliation: The School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Waratah, Australia

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  • Jane Robertson,

    Affiliation: The School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Waratah, Australia

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  • Patrick McElduff,

    Affiliation: Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia

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  • Alison Jones,

    Affiliation: School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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  • David Henry mail

    david.henry@ices.on.ca

    Affiliations: The School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Waratah, Australia, The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Canada

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  • Published: September 14, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000323

About the Authors

Amanda Wilson, Jane Robertson, David Henry
The School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Waratah, Australia
Patrick McElduff
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
Alison Jones
School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
David Henry
The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Canada

Corresponding Author

Email: david.henry@ices.on.ca

Competing Interests

The authors of this paper have acted as reviewers for Media Doctor, rating news articles featured on the Media Doctor Web site (http://www.mediadoctor.org.au/).

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: AW JR PM AJ DH. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: AW JR PM AJ DH. Designed the experiments/the study: AW AJ DH. Analyzed the data: AW PM DH. Collected data/did experiments for the study: AW. Wrote the first draft of the paper: AW. Contributed to the writing of the paper: AW JR AJ DH. Supervisor for PhD thesis of Amanda Wilson: AJ DH.