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Juan Gérvas , PhD , GP, Professor of Public Health , Madrid, Spain [email protected] www.equipocesca.org. Can We Resist Disease Mongering Campaigns ?. YES!. Lessons from the counter-campaign swine flu Spain 2009-10. FIRST STEP Precise definition of the problem.

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juan g rvas phd gp professor of public health madrid spain jgervasc@meditex es www equipocesca org
Juan Gérvas, PhD, GP,

Professor of PublicHealth, Madrid, Spain

[email protected]

www.equipocesca.org

Can WeResistDiseaseMongeringCampaigns?
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YES!

Lessonsfromthecounter-campaignswineflu

Spain 2009-10

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Risk factor, broadening a disease, a new disease, prevention, diagnosis/ treatment...? Colusion of interests?Who persons and which institutions have merged?Who are key opinion leaders?Potential harms, ethical problems, conflict of interest,...?Less is better, “just in case”…?
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DefinitionsScientific plausibilityPrevalenceClassificationsDiagnostic toolsTime until benefitAbsolute riskCascade effect after diagnosisHarmsSocial importance
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Short documents (summary, actions)Without numbers, if possible The truth (benefits/harms) With Powerpoint presentationsPositives (health, life, quality,...)Version for physicians with references Collection of the best documents/publications (with a short comment about its relevance) Scientific, economic, marketing dataScientific/humoristic videos Cases studies/narrative medicine
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Professional associations (GPs, public health, ...)HealthySkepticism, NoFreeLunchDrug bulletinsHealth blogsMedical studentsElectronic listsJournalists, teachers, ...PoliticiansScientific institutionsWikipediaSocial networksHealth authoritiesPatients associations
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Translate everything into English (and other languages)Identify similar movements in other countriesSeminars, workshops, meetings, UEMO, WONCA, international organizations and classification committeesInternational electronic listsHealthySkepticismInternational drug bulletinsInternational journals
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Use multiple channels (TV, radio, newspapers, internet, blogs, scientific and professional journals, ...)Update the documentsProduce new documentsGive relevance to all peopleBe careful while contacting media Do not even dream to be “the winner” (policy of limitations of harms)Consensus merits a chance
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Juan Gérvas, PhD, GP,

Professor of PublicHealth, Madrid, Spain

[email protected]

www.equipocesca.org

Can WeResistDiseaseMongeringCampaigns?

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