Hitting the Headlines


Health stories are news stories and most days newspapers carry reports about health care. Sometimes these stories can include claims for new health interventions that create unrealistic expectations in patients and pressure for health professionals.

CRD challenged selected newspaper reports on a weekly basis through their news analysis service. Hitting the Headlines was produced for the National Library for Health and provided busy health professionals with a rapid and reliable analysis of the evidence behind news reports on health interventions and diagnostic tests.

Conducted by: CRD


Booth A, Golder S, Rodgers M. Hitting the Headlines - how it works. Libraries for Nursing Bulletin. 2006;26(1-2):15-22

Booth A, Glanville J, Orton V. Can you believe all you read in the newspapers? 'Hitting the Headlines' can open your eyes. Health Information on the Internet. 2004;38:6-7

Richardson R, Booth A. Hitting the Headlines is a hit for the NHS eLibrary. Inform: NHS Information Authority News. 2003;12:8


Booth A, Wilson P, Richardson R, Sharp F. Hitting the Headlines. 5th International Conference on the Scientific Basis of Health Services; 2003 September; Washington DC, USA

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. Hitting the Headlines: Should we believe what we read in the press? 2005 Poster for libraries produced by CRD and NeLH

Wilson P, Booth A. Hitting the Headlines: what have we learned? 6th International Conference on the Scientific Basis of Health Services; 2004 September; Montreal, Canada


Booth A, Rodgers M, Stirk L. CRD is 'hitting the headlines' . NICE Clinical Excellence Conference; 2001 December; London, UK

Booth A, Wilson P. Improving the quality of media coverage of new medical treatments. 13th Cochrane Colloquium; October 2005; Melbourne, Australia

Booth A, Wilson P, Richardson R, Sharp F. Hitting the Headlines. 3rd Canadian Cochrane Symposium; 2003 November; Hamilton ON, Canada

Golder S. Debunking news stories: how hitting the headlines works. 3rd UK Clinical Librarian Conference; 2007 June; York, UK

Orton V, Booth A. Hitting the headlines: a behind the scenes guide. Health Libraries Group Conference; 2004 September; Belfast, UK

Richardson R. 'The Message' about Hitting the Headlines. BBC Radio 4; 2002 November; Manchester, UK

Wilson P, Booth A, Richardson R, Orton V, Glanville J. Hitting the Headlines: how to assess the evidence behind newspaper reports about health care. 12th Cochrane Colloquium; 2004 October; Ottawa, Canada


Cream of the crop: health. The Guardian. 16 December 2004

Gare aux "scoops" sur les "innovations medicales" [editorial]. La Revue Prescrire. 2004;24(256):857-8

Statens Beredning för Medicinsk Utvärdering (SBU) [Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care]. What's the truth behind the headlines? Medical Science & Practice. [newsletter] 2005

Surf yourself better. The Guardian. 7 December 2004


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