Media Doctor does not provide medical advice, and does not assess the quality of the evidence on which the stories are based. Instead, we concentrate on the articles themselves. For more information on the treatments featured on this site, please try the following links.
A reliable and non-commercial source of information on drug treatments
Informed Health On-line
An important source of information on medical treatments, based on reviews performed by the Cochrane Collaboration and written for consumers
An excellent site that reviews the evidence for health care interventions
Australian Medicare Services Advisory Committee Reports of New Technologies
Site which stores reviews of new medical technologies performed by the Australian Medicare Services Advisory Committee prior to their consideration of listing as medical benefits
Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee - recommendations to list new drugs
Outcomes of PBAC considerations of requests to list drugs on the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (the list of drugs subsidised by the Federal Government)
Behind the Medical Headlines
A site that is maintained by the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland. This site provides detailed commentaries on the facts lying behind medical headlines in the international press.
This is the most authoritative compilation of evidence in the World. It is designed mainly for health professionals. Read the newcomer's guide if it is your first visit. Put in the search term of interest under 'reviews' and you will access the abstracts of all relevant reviews completed by the Cochrane Collaboration.
Tipsheet-For Reporting on Drugs, Devices and Medical Technologies
"Some simple questions to consider and discuss." This tip sheet, developed by Ray Moynihan for the Commonwealth Fund, provides a selection of questions which may assist reporters in choosing directions in their research. It is widely used and recommended by health reporters.
Statement of Principles Association of Health Care Journalists
This is a very comprehensive guide to the responsibilities of health care journalists
Therapeutics Initiative/ Therapeutics Letter
This is a regular newsletter with evidence-based reviews of therapeutic topics. The group that publish the newsletter are fiercely independent, but match this with considerable knowledge and skill in the areas of clinical practice and drug therapies.
Medical Journal of Australia
Monitoring the quality of medical news reporting: early experience with media doctor
Media Doctor Canada
With the help of various academics and clinicians from University of British Columbia, York University and the University of Victoria, the Media Doctor Canada site is a partner website to Media Doctor Australia, and covers the media outlets in Canada
Scottish Medicines Consortium
Their name may suggest to you that they manufacture drugs, but don't be deceived. The consortium carries out some very detailed and quite hard hitting evaluations of new drugs in Scotland. The evaluations are first class and can be downloaded in full.
Health News Review
A new site that has just commenced an ambitious program of assessing and reporting the quality of health news stories in the media in the USA. This site uses very similar methods to Media doctor Australia and Media doctor Canada and we regard it as a sister site.
7 Words (and more) You Shouldn't Use in Medical News
A lovely piece on how certain words used in medical news stories can mislead and sometimes even offend
Behind the Headlones
A UK site that examines the research on which health stories are based.
Media Doctor Hong Kong
The Media Doctor Hong Kong website was started in 2008 by a team from the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. Much like the original Media Doctor project, their aim is to promote excellence in health and medical news reporting.