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Americans are bombarded with medical fact and fiction every day from every media outlet including newspapers and magazines, radio, television, and now, the Internet. When patients become confused by conflicting reports about the same issue, or conjecture about new treatments and trials, they look to their healthcare provider and other healthcare providers to answer their questions.

As a healthcare provider you have to deal with these questions and concerns on a daily basis. Part of your job is to help the patient separate the fact from the fiction, and help others do the same. That's not always an easy task. This course describes the relationship between media and medicine, and will provide suggestions to help you advise patients, avoid confusion and help patients evaluate media sources of information.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Evaluating Media Sources
  • Experimental vs. Approved Treatments
  • Addressing the Patient's Concerns
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with an understanding of the impact modern media is having on patients and offer ways to help them guide their patients through the media maze.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe ways to evaluate media sources and their impact on patient concerns.
  • Describe ways to help patients better understand the nature of medical trials.
  • Describe ways to address patient's concerns about media information and help them obtain accurate information.

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