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Hospitals and Wellness Systems Can be Leaders in Combatting Public Wellness Misinformation


Mar 17, 2023

“The vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella causes autism.” “The threat of taking a statin outweighs its advantage as a strong tool to avert heart attacks.” “The flu shot brought on me to get the flu.”

These are just a couple of examples of issues that have been scientifically disproven, but the spread of healthcare misinformation nonetheless poses a actual threat to people and communities. In reality, we know the spread of misinformation in common – and healthcare misinformation in distinct – continues to be on the rise.

Much more than 70% of persons had been exposed to healthcare or wellness-connected misinformation in 2022, according to a study from GoodRx. Of these exposed, nearly half are not confident in their capability to discriminate amongst correct wellness facts and misinformation. In addition, social media was cited as the most widespread supply of misinformation.

Hospitals and wellness systems can play an crucial function in making certain individuals have trustworthy, precise and scientifically sound facts to aid them make the finest wellness care choices for themselves and their loved ones.

Combatting misinformation and arming hospitals and wellness systems with sources to do so is an crucial priority for the AHA.

A single of the techniques we are carrying out this is by means of our participation in the Coalition for Trust in Wellness &amp Science. Launched final month, the coalition, which consists of 50 national organizations, seeks to combat misinformation and aid Americans make science-primarily based wellness choices for themselves, their households and communities.

This broad alliance represents hospitals, physicians, nurses, psychologists, bioethicists and lots of other forms of wellness care pros. We have joined forces to push back against a widespread enemy, an “infodemic” that has actual-planet wellness impacts.

We hope the coalition’s perform will be a force multiplier for actions AHA has led for some time to counteract the dangers of misinformation and supply people medically and scientifically sound facts to inform their wellness care choices.

For instance, final month, we collaborated with the American Healthcare Association and American Nurses Association on a new public service announcement encouraging people to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 when eligible to guard themselves, their households and communities from critical illness and death.

The PSA continues a 3-year collaboration by the associations to curb the spread of COVID-19 and guard individuals, communities and wellness care pros by spreading the message that the updated boosters and other COVID-19 vaccines are protected, helpful and advised for absolutely everyone aged six months and older.

Our caregivers are amongst the world’s finest at repairing bodies and restoring individuals to wellness. Restoring trust is just as crucial. And caregivers are amongst the most trusted voices, according to public customer polls.

The AHA is committed to collaborating with our partners to shine the truth on unsafe public wellness misinformation of any type, and replace it with information and scientific information that can save lives and advance wellness for all.