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Three randomized controlled trials evaluating the impact of “spin” in health news stories reporting studies of pharmacologic treatments on patients’/caregivers’ interpretation of treatment benefit

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The results of these 3 ib-RCTs involving 900 participants showed that spin in news stories can affect the interpretation of the benefit of a treatment: participants were more likely to believe the treatment was beneficial when news stories were reported with spin.

To our knowledge, this is the first time that the RCT design has been used to explore the impact of spin in news stories. A previous RCT explored the impact of spin in abstracts of published reports of RCTs evaluating treatment in the field of cancer on interpretation by trialists in this field [18]. This trial found that spin could affect

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