Scientific Communication

Read the 2 article attached and answer the questions below.

  1. Who is the targeted audience for each article?

2. What is the main take-home message of each article? How do these messages compare?

3. What do the authors report as “truth” and needs more research?

4. What biases do you see for each article? Selection bias, Attrition bias, Measurement bias, Performance bias and/or Reporting bias)

5. Is the  consumer-oriented article an appropriate representation of the findings of the peer-reviewed article, or is the focus too narrow or broad? Provide examples from each article. For example, was one of the incidental findings of the peer-reviewed article blown out of proportion in the  consumer-targeted message?

6. Regarding  the peer-reviewed article, is this research important? Why or why not? When choosing a      scientific or health study to discuss with patients or clients, consider  what’s being contributed to the research field. Does it represent a major advance? Does it change the way people think about a problem? Not all studies are important; if you think this study is not, explain why.

7. Is the  message over-generalized, or applied to a greater population than is      reasonable? For example, did the authors conduct the study on a small  sample, but the news-media article presents the findings as though they  were applicable to all?

8. Is the research statistically and/or clinically significant? Take care not to overstate the importance of the  study. A finding that is statistically significant may not be clinically  significant.

9. What would you share with a client who brought the article to you? How would you respond? Consider      Shared Decision Making in your response