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J Korean Soc Pediatr Nephrol 2008;12(1): 47-53. doi: https://doi.org/10.3339/jkspn.2008.12.1.47
대중매체를 통한 신장 관련 정보 제공 실태에 대한 고찰
임동희, 정지인, 임형은, 은백린, 유기환, 홍영숙, 이주원
1고려대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
2고려대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
3고려대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
4고려대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
5고려대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
6고려대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
7고려대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
The Investigation of Current Information Regarding Renal Diseases in Mass Media
Dong-Hee Lim, Ji-In Jung, Hyung-Eun Yim, Baik-Lin Eun, Kee-Hwan Yoo, Young-Sook Hong, Joo-Won Lee
1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Korea University
2Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Korea University
3Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Korea University
4Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Korea University
5Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Korea University
6Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Korea University
7Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Korea University
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Purpose: We often have patients who acquired incorrect medical information from the mass media. The purpose of this study was to evaluate credibility of articles in newspapers and medical counseling on websites about renal diseases.
Methods: Kidney information was searched in 6 newspapers for the past 10 years, and 4 portal websites and 17 internet health counseling sites for the past 5 years. We classified them according to information providers and evaluated credibility by giving points 3, 2, 1 to correct, mostly correct but ambiguous, and incorrect contents, respectively. We compared the credibility of the groups with each other.
Results : Sixty four articles from newspapers, and 789 and 506 medical counselings from portal websites and internet health counseling sites were selected, respectively. The kidney information providers in newspapers were medical journalists(doctors)(31.2%), kidney specialists(doctors)(23.4%) and so on. The consultants in the portal sites were doctors(49.1%)and anonymous reporters (49.9%). In internet health counseling sites, 91% of the consultants were doctors. All articles in the newspapers were credible. Doctors' answers were more credible than nonphysicians'(P=0.005) and anonymous contributors(P<0.001) in portal sites. In health counseling sites, doctors answered more reliably than nonphysicians.
Conclusion : The kidney information in newspapers was credible. It is important for questioners to confirm the type of consultants in websites. We suggest that doctors, especially kidney specialists need to increase their roles in offering information to mass media.
Key words: Credibility | Mass media | Kidney information
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