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Titolo:
Inconsistent journalism: The coverage of chronic diseases in the Mexican press
Autore:
Mercado-Martinez, FJ; Robles-Silva, L; Moreno-Leal, N; Franco-Almazan, C;
Indirizzi:
Univ Guadalajara, Hlth Sci Ctr, Guadalajara 44430, Jalisco, Mexico Univ Guadalajara Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico 44430 44430, Jalisco, Mexico
Titolo Testata:
JOURNAL OF HEALTH COMMUNICATION
fascicolo: 3, volume: 6, anno: 2001,
pagine: 235 - 247
SICI:
1081-0730(200107/09)6:3<235:IJTCOC>2.0.ZU;2-2
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
AIDS; SMOKING; COSTS;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
28
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Mercado-Martinez, FJ Apartado Postal 1-2044, Guadalajara, Jalisco, MexicoApartado Postal 1-2044 Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico o
Citazione:
F.J. Mercado-Martinez et al., "Inconsistent journalism: The coverage of chronic diseases in the Mexican press", J HEAL COMM, 6(3), 2001, pp. 235-247

Abstract

The mass media are recognized by many social scientists as important sources Of medical information for lay people and as a positive influence on those working in the health care professions. However, there is a lack of study about print and mass media reporting on major health problems in developing countries such as Mexico. This article presents the findings of a study conducted to identify specific messages that the Mexican print media convey to the general reader aboutchronic diseases, especially one of the most important and pervasive, diabetes. We undertook a comprehensive review and content analysis of secondarysource media reporting in the Boletin (Bulletin)-published by the Department of Education and Health, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco. The Boletin summarizes all articles related to health matters published in12 national daily newspapers and 3 magazines. Our study covered all issuesof the Boletin from 1992 through 1996. Our findings indicate that at times the press and popular print media disseminate an incomplete and often biased picture of chronic diseases prevalent in Mexico. Specifically, the press gives equal or more important coverageof acute diseases, or to AIDS, than to other major chronic conditions. Thepress also reproduces the biomedical model of disease and does not addresstopics important to certain segments of the population, including the patient. Moreover, the media may present an overly idealized impression of the capability of health services. Consequently, this failure to address the issues of certain widespread, chronic illnesses is severe enough to ask aboutthe role of the press in medical health care reform. We conclude by suggesting areas for further research.

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