A new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, finds that the misinformation in the media can have a profound impact on patients’ health.
In particular, they found that the more people have experienced a false story or misinterpretation in the news, the worse their health was.
“When you have a false claim, you are not trusting the person who made it,” says Dr. Joseph J. Pareto, lead author of the study and a research associate in the UC Berkeley and UCLA Center for Media and Public Policy.
“You’re not taking into account that they’re telling you a false thing.”
“We wanted to understand why misinformation was so prevalent in the mainstream media,” says Jodi Reis, an assistant professor in the UCLA School of Law and lead author on the study.
“We didn’t want to just look at what the content of the news was, but how it was distributed, and the context in which it was presented.”
Paretos team looked at the results of a study of the media’s coverage of health topics in the United States between 1997 and 2014, including the most recent six months.
The researchers asked people in their sample to rate the accuracy of various health-related topics on a scale of 1 to 5.
They also asked participants about the likelihood that the information they had heard from the news had been inaccurate.
After researchers took into account the people’s health status, they then took a look at how much of the information the participants were likely to believe about health.
Paretos team found that in general, people were less likely to trust a news story if it was based on a false premise.
They found that a person’s likelihood of being misinformed was higher if they had experienced a news article that had been based on “false premise” or “untrue premise.”
People who were more likely to experience these negative outcomes were also more likely than people who were less informed to believe that “false information” was the most common reason for a healthcare event.
The study also found that people who had experienced “false” news were more often than others to think that the “false news” was “in the news.”
This suggests that misinformation could have an impact on health, the researchers suggest.
“If you believe something is untrue, you might not be inclined to seek medical care,” Parets team wrote.
“But if you believe it is true, you’re less likely in the future to seek care.”
A new report by researchers shows that people are less likely than others in the U.S. to trust the media.
Here are a few ways that misinformation can affect our health.
It can trigger a self-fulfilling prophecy The study found that participants in the study who were exposed to a false news story about a health event were more willing to receive healthcare than people in the control group who had been given the same information.
But the participants who were misled did not get sick more often.
Instead, they experienced less overall symptoms.
“Our results suggest that false information can trigger self-reinforcing self-deceptions, in which people are motivated to take action and act in response to the information,” Pareto says.
“In other words, misinformation is not a panacea, but it may have some important benefits.”
It’s difficult to assess the true extent of misinformation Paretti and Reis write that “people’s willingness to engage with the media about healthcare matters can vary.”
They point out that, in general the information in the public sphere is more nuanced than the information that gets spread in the private sphere, such as medical journals.
People need to know that misinformation is being spread in a wide variety of media sources, including online sources.”
The media can be a tool for promoting misinformation “The research has important implications for public health,” Reis says.
For instance, the study suggests that a more accurate public health message can help the public make more informed decisions about healthcare.
But Paretta says that the research also suggests that public health messages need to be framed in a way that acknowledges the value of the misinformation and that it’s possible to communicate accurate information with less misinformation.
For example, he says, public health messaging can be more effective if it’s framed in terms of “facts,” rather than “unfounded beliefs.”
It may be a good idea to stop sharing misinformation Paret’s team also found a way to mitigate the impact of misinformation, even in the absence of direct health risks.
“The news media have the power to shape public discourse, but they also have the responsibility to create an environment in which healthy people can trust the information coming out of the institutions they trust,” Parelos said.
“They can be