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Statement of Principles for Health Care Journalists

In “The Commercialisation of Medical and Scientific Reporting” [1], Caulfield calls on journalists to ask researchers about the nature of their funding and the financial relationship of the researchers to the sponsor. This is just one principle addressed in a much broader “Statement of Principles” I wrote this past year for the Association of Health Care Journalists ( The statement is available online [2].


  1. 1. Caulfield T (2004) The commercialisation of medical and scientific reporting. PLoS Med 1: e38.
  2. 2. (2004) Statement of principles. Minneapolis (Minnesota): Association of Health Care Journalists. Available: Accessed 9 February 2005.