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Contents and Quality of Online News Articles on Preventive Food for MERS during MERS Outbreak in South Korea.

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2015, 11(11), pp.167-184
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Heeyoung Lee Oh 1 Jo,Ahra 1 박정아 2 Gil Eunha 3

1을지대학교
2을지대학교 대학원
3대전과학기술대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze the contents and quality of online news articles on preventive food for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) reported on the online news portal website. The news articles containing relevant information reported between May 20 and July 1, 2015 were retrieved from NAVER, the most popular online news portal website. Of a total of 469 news articles retrieved, only 65 met the inclusion criteria. The DISCERN tool was used to evaluate the quality of the information and quantitative data analyses were performed. 47.7% of them were determined as a reliable source of the information, while approximately 40% were just for advertising. Overall, the quality of the information was far from satisfactory. and the contents and quality of the information were found to vary significantly. The education programs emphasizing scientific soundness, accuracy and reliability of the health-related information would be needed to provide for those seeking and reporting the health information.

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