Doctors' bad press depends on type of newspaper

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7331.241a (Published 26 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:241
  1. Christopher Peters, final year medical student (chris.peters@doctors.org.uk)
  1. School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Worsley Building, Leeds LS2 9NL

    EDITOR—Ali et al reported on bad press for doctors.1 In a research project with the BMA's public affairs division I analysed all reports on medicine and health science in the 21 major British newspapers published over a period of one month.

    Altogether 799 articles were coded into a database and graded according to whether they were positive, negative, or mixed towards, or did not mention, the government, the NHS, individual doctors, and the wider profession. I coded the articles on the basis of a fixed proforma, …

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