Guidelines on science and health communication

12 December 2001

This document contains two sets of guidelines. One set is aimed at print and broadcast journalists, the other is intended for science and health professionals. They have been produced to promote a better relationship between the media and scientists, and a better understanding of each other's work.

The guidelines for journalists cover credibility of sources, the reporting procedures, methods, findings and conclusions, how to assess the significance of findings and communicate risks, how the impact of a report might be anticipated, and the respective roles of specialist correspondents and editors, sub-editors and expert contacts. The guidelines for science and health professionals include how to deal with the media, credibility, accuracy, the communication of risks, benefits, and safety, and whether to complain about a report.

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