Letters

Reporting research in medical journals and newspapers

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.62 (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:62
  1. Anke M Van Trigt,
  2. Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp,
  3. Lolkje T W De Jong-Van Den Berg
  1. PhD student Professor of health care and drug utilisation Associate professor in social pharmacy and pharmacoepidemiology Groningen Institute for Drug Studies, 9713 AV Groningen, Netherlands

    EDITOR,--Vikki Entwistle reports that British medical journalists base their stories on full research articles and not on the journals' press releases.1 In contrast to the journalists whom she interviewed, the respondents in a comparable study in the Netherlands said that they did not use the letters to the editor as a source of information because they are not peer reviewed.2 Entwistle, however, did not find many letters reported in newspaper articles. In our study we differentiated …

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