SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.12 issue3The use of key informants from within the community for identifying people with functional kinetic alterations in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul State, BrazilExternal control of fluoride levels in the public water supply in Lages, Santa Catarina State, Brazil author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Page  

Services on Demand




Related links


Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123


LUIZ, Olinda do Carmo. Scientific journalism and epidemiological risk. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.3, pp.717-726. ISSN 1678-4561.

The importance of the communications media in the construction of symbols has been widely acknowledged. Many of the articles on health published in the daily newspapers mention medical studies, sourced from scientific publications focusing on new risks. The disclosure of risk studies in the mass media is also a topic for editorials and articles in scientific journals, focusing the problem of distortions and the appearance of contradictory news items. The purpose of this paper is to explore the meaning and content of disclosing scientific risk studies in large-circulation daily newspapers, analyzing news items published in Brazil and the scientific publications used as their sources during 2000. The "risk" is presented in the scientific research projects as a "black box" in the meaning of Latour, with the news items downplaying scientific disputes and underscoring associations between behavioral habits and the occurrence of diseases, emphasizing individual aspects of the epidemiological approach, to the detriment of the group.

Keywords : Epidemiological studies; Presentation of science [trends]; Periodicals [tendencies]; High-risk behavior; Scientific journalism.

        · abstract in Portuguese     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )