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Media Doctor Australia - Student Rating Tool

The "Media Doctor Australia Student Rating Tool" was developed by 2005 Skeptic of the Year Prof David Henry and colleagues.


It can be used to help appraisal of the quality of health intervention reporting by the media and give it a "star rating". Key definitions are found below.

Rating Tool
Media Doctor Australia Student Rating Tool
Media Doctor Australia Student Rating Tool key terms
Key Term Definitions
Media Doctor Australia Student Rating Tool star rating
Overall quality score & star rating


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  2. Smith, D.E., et al., Monitoring the quality of medical news reporting: early experience with media doctor. Med J Aust, 2005. 183(4): p. 190-3.

  3. Bonevski, B., A. Wilson, and D.A. Henry, An analysis of news media coverage of complementary and alternative medicine. PLoS One, 2008. 3(6): p. e2406.

  4. Wilson, A., et al., Media reporting of health interventions: signs of improvement, but major problems persist. PLoS One, 2009. 4(3): p. e4831.

  5. Wilson, A., et al., Does it matter who writes medical news stories? PLoS Med, 2010. 7(9).

  6. Wilson, A.J., et al., Deconstructing cancer: what makes a good-quality news story? Med J Aust, 2010. 193(11-12): p. 702-6.

  7. Wilson, A.J., et al., What the public learns about screening and diagnostic tests through the media. Med J Aust, 2012. 197(6): p. 324-6.

  8. Moynihan, R. and D. Henry, The fight against disease mongering: generating knowledge for action. PLoS Med, 2006. 3(4): p. e191.

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