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Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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Source Name: British Medical Journal


Christina Korownyk, Michael R Kolber, James McCormack, Vanessa Lam, Kate Overbo, Candra Cotton, Caitlin Finley, Ricky D Turgeon, Scott Garrison, Adrienne J Lindblad, Hoan Linh Banh, Denise Campbell-Scherer, Ben Vandermeer, G Michael Allan,

To some, the veracity of the content of televised medical advice shows has always been suspect.  This study categorized such content from "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Doctors" and determined whether it is supported by published evidence.  Supportive evidence was identified for 46% and 63%, respectively.  Contradictory evidence was found for 15% and 14%.  No evidence was found for 39% and 24%.  Potential conflicts of interest were rarely addresssed.  

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