Medical Journalism in Canada: What Audiences Learn from Public Health Coverage

By Mark Levitan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This paper explores how students at a Canadian university assess coverage of the H1N1 pandemic. Specifically, this study explores where students obtain their information, how they use media information to make public health decisions, and how they believe media coverage of pandemics might be improved. This study then explores the implications of these findings for health professionals and others. The author draws on the work of Dudo et al., Berry et al., Drache et al., and others, to explore the significant role media play when members of the public make important decisions about their health care. The findings will be of interest to those in the health field who are trying to communicate their messages to the public.

Keywords: Health Care, Medical Care, Communication, Media

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp.87-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 737.134KB).

Mark Levitan

Student, Honours Health Sciences, Brock University, Canada

Mark Levitan is a student completing an Honours BSc in Health Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. His interests include medicine,medical research, health issues, and participating in triathlons. He has worked or volunteered as a first responder on an ambulance, in an intensive care unit, as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, and as a tree planter in northern Canada. He currently has a paper forthcoming with Canadian Emergency News, recognized as the official Canadian medical services magazine by emergency professionals in Canada.


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