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Table 2 Comparison of articles with scientists and journalists as the main commentator

From: Pharmacogenetics and the print media: what is the public told?

Variable Scientist main voice (n = 58) Journalist main voice (n = 38) P value
Mean number of words per article 605.8 567.1 NS
Benefit stated 58 (100%) 37 (97.4%) NS
Mean number of benefits stated 2.97 2.50 NS
Risk stated 15 (25.9%) 18 (47.4%) 0.03
Mean number of risks stated 0.38 0.74 0.03
Barrier stated 33 (56.9%) 22 (57.9%) NS
Mean number of barriers stated 0.91 1.0 NS
Articles with quotation from expert 53 (91.4%) 23 (60.5%) <0.001
Mean number of quotes per article 2.14 1.16 <0.001
Slant (positive) 44 (75.9%) 19 (50%) 0.01
Claim (exaggerated) 18 (31%) 10 (26.3%) NS
Quality of information (good) 34 (58.6%) 23 (60.5%) NS
Source of information (scientific papers) 10 (17.2%) 1 (2.6%) <0.001