The Duke Program on Medical Misinformation
Guiding Principles for Partnering with Patients
It is easy to find medical information. Countless websites, magazines, news outlets, and social media accounts offer guidance and advice on all sorts of health topics. Not every source of information we encounter, though, is accurate.
The Duke Program on Medical Misinformation aims to help providers and patients work together to identify inaccurate sources of information and build a new understanding on the foundation of evidence-based and credible sources.
In the American Journal of Public Health, the program co-directors write:
Encountering patient-held misinformation offers an opportunity for clinicians to learn about patient values, preferences, comprehension, and information diets. Systematically training health care professionals to address patient-held misinformation with empathy and curiosity, acknowledging time and resource constraints, will be a crucial contribution toward future mitigation of medical misinformation.
The program aims to build the patient-provider relationship in a way that encourages psychologically safe conversations about all types of medical information, regardless of accuracy. Through supportive interpersonal dialogue, providers and patients can work together to avoid the pitfalls of misinformation.
The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality is supporting the Duke Program on Medical Misinformation in partnership with:
Brian Southwell, PhD
Senior Director, Science in the Public Sphere Program
Center for Communication Science, RTI International
Adjunct Professor (Social Science Research Institute) & Duke-RTI Scholar
Duke Forge, Duke University School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor (Health Behavior)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jamie L. Wood, PhD
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Medical Education
Duke University School of Medicine
Meet our esteemed advisory board, representing a deep and diverse set of experiences from across healthcare.