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D‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍etails of task: Introduction Compared with the past, there are now many more sources of information on health and medicine available to all. In your future medical practice, patients will come to you with information they have gathered from a variety of sources – newspapers, magazines, the internet and television. On the basis of that information, they may ask your advice. It is important that you gain experience evaluating reports in the media and the scientific studies on which these media reports are based. Outline of task: This assignment requires the group to work with one pair of readings which consists of a media report and the medical journal article on which the media report was based. You are to evaluate the pair of documents you have been given using the questions provided below as a guide. You will present your Group’s evaluation in the form of a 2000 word essay. Although in reality you would read widely to develop a view about a particular topic, for the purpose of this assignment, you are required to base your report only on the media report and the journal article provided to your group. Questions to consider in your evaluation of the: Media report: ? Why has the journalist chosen to write a media report on this topic? ? What do you think is the main message that a patient might obtain from the media report? ? What patient group might read this report and have questions about it for their doctor? Medical journal articl‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍e: ? What is the research question being tested in the medical study? ? What is the type of study design used in the research on which the medical journal article is based? ? Is the study design appropriate to answer the research question? ? Are there any weaknesses to the study design that limit the interpretation of the findings? ? Are there any other study designs that could be used and would they be stronger or weaker than the one that was used? ? Why do you think that the investigators chose to use the study design that they did use? ? What are the main results of the medical study? ? How were the results expressed (for example, were the findings reported as a relative risk, an odds ratio etc.) and were the results statistically significant? ? Were there any ethical issues raised by the study and/ or conflict of interest issues? ? Would there be any ethical issues raised if the study had been conducted using an alternative study design? While putting the media report and the journal article together: ? Is the media report consistent with the findings of the medical journal article? ? How would you advise a concerned patient who brings the media report along to discuss with you? ? Do you consider the findings of the study have implications for health policy making? Word limit: 2000 words (+/- 10%) Formatting: Typed, 12 point font, double-spacing, section headings (where appropriate), word count recorded on the front and final p‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ages.


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