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The Hazards of Correcting Myths About Health Care Reform.
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PMID:  23211778     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
CONTEXT:: Misperceptions are a major problem in debates about health care reform and other controversial health issues. METHODS:: We conducted an experiment to determine if more aggressive media fact-checking could correct the false belief that the Affordable Care Act would create "death panels." Participants from an opt-in Internet panel were randomly assigned to either a control group in which they read an article on Sarah Palin's claims about "death panels" or an intervention group in which the article also contained corrective information refuting Palin. FINDINGS:: The correction reduced belief in death panels and strong opposition to the reform bill among those who view Palin unfavorably and those who view her favorably but have low political knowledge. However, it backfired among politically knowledgeable Palin supporters, who were more likely to believe in death panels and to strongly oppose reform if they received the correction. CONCLUSIONS:: These results underscore the difficulty of reducing misperceptions about health care reform among individuals with the motivation and sophistication to reject corrective information.
Brendan Nyhan; Jason Reifler; Peter A Ubel
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1537-1948     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Care     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0230027     Medline TA:  Med Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
*Department of Government, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH †Department of Political Science, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA ‡Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor of Business, Public Policy and Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC.
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