The role of the print media in informing the community about safety in public hospitals in Victoria, Australia: the case of `golden staph`

Walker, Christine and Jacobs, Struan 2005, The role of the print media in informing the community about safety in public hospitals in Victoria, Australia: the case of `golden staph`, International journal for quality in health care, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 167-172.

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Title The role of the print media in informing the community about safety in public hospitals in Victoria, Australia: the case of `golden staph`
Author(s) Walker, Christine
Jacobs, Struan
Journal name International journal for quality in health care
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 167
End page 172
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1353-4505
1464-3677
Keyword(s) antibiotic resistance
community education
consumer participation
golden staph
infection control
media
popular press
safety
Summary Objective. In this article the authors explore how the print media contribute to information and education of the community on issues of safety and quality in the health services, since this is an important avenue of such information and education for many members of the community. Study design. The authors undertook a qualitative study of a random sample of articles in the Australian print press between 1996 and 2004 where ‘golden staph’ was presented as a major issue of risk to the safety of consumers of health services. The content of each article was examined with reference to several criteria including title, the source of the article, and the metaphorical language employed by the journalist.
Results. Results show that while the articles are substantially accurate as sources of information on concrete events, they do not serve as sources of education on issues of safety, typically apportioning blame and serving to maintain the status quo.
Conclusion. The authors conclude that print media are not a good source of community education in areas of safety and quality and do not assist members of the community to participate in addressing issues of safety in health services.
Language eng
Field of Research 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2004
Copyright notice ©2005, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008771

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Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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