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A Review of Two Journal Articles.

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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A Review of Two Journal Articles

INTRODUCTION

I have chosen to review 'How the media reports medical errors: Blunders will never cease' (BMJ 2001;322:562) by T. Jackson, and 'Medicine and the media: Media dents confidence in MMR vaccine' (BMJ 1998;316:561) by N. Begg et al. Both articles insinuate that the media misinforms the public about health issues. I shall provide a critical analysis of these articles, focusing on the usefulness and the impact of these articles on clinical practice. I shall also look at the research methods used by the authors to come up with the basis of their argument.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF 'HOW THE MEDIA REPORT MEDICAL ERRORS'

The argument put forward by Jackson is that doctors will always make mistakes, and whilst the media will place blame on the doctors, the system should be blamed instead. His main argument is that "the extent of errors and the system failures are overlooked".

The way this argument is presented is in a style that reads more like an opinion. There is a distinct lack of evidence. Jackson talks about two 'blunders' but only quotes newspaper headlines about one of the cases. He also only

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