Scientific drug information in newspapers: Sensationalism and low quality. The example of therapeutic use of cannabinoids

Eva Montané, Marta Duran, Dolors Capellà, Albert Figueras

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Abstract

Objective: We aimed to analyse the quality of newspaper articles (NAs) concerning the therapeutic use of cannabis published in Spanish newspapers. Methods: A preliminary questionnaire of the Index of Scientific Quality was used [scores ranged from 0 (no misleading) to 14 (misinformation in each item)]. Results: Of the 29 NAs analysed, 16 (55.2%) were scored as 4 or lower, and 6 (20.7%) scored 7 or higher. Up to 23 NAs (79.3%) did not manage the knowledge related to cannabinoids; 20 (69%) gave a sensationalist message; 11 (37.9%) were able to wrongly influence clinical decision taking; and 8 (27.6%) misled medical concepts. Conclusion: The leading medical journals could play an especially relevant role while preparing their press releases if they specify study limitations and context. © Springer-Verlag 2005.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-477
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Volume61
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

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