Global Media Coverage of the Benefits and Harms of Early Detection Tests

Mary O'Keeffe, Alexandra Barratt, Alice Fabbri, Joshua R Zadro, Giovanni E Ferreira, Sweekriti Sharma, Ray N Moynihan

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Abstract

Innovations in technologies for early detection of diseases, such as breast cancer, dementia, and atrial fibrillation, are gaining increasing attention. The media is a key avenue through which tests are promoted to asymptomatic individuals, and it could have an important role in encouraging realistic expectations of the benefits and harms of early detection, including unnecessary diagnoses. Evidence suggests that medical media coverage tends to overplay benefits, downplay harms, and ignore conflicts of interest, but there are few data on coverage of early detection tests.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0261
Number of pages2
JournalJAMA Internal Medicine
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Apr 2021

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