Coverage of hormone replacement therapy in popular periodicals and professional journals
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) associated with menopause has been a major topic of concern among health issues of the 90s. The purpose of this study was to review and compare the coverage of hormone replacement therapy associated with menopause in a selected sample of magazines directed to women, lay health periodicals, and health professional journals. The coding form for the study was developed by the investigator. A total number of 500 issues of professional health journals (PHJ), lay health magazines (LHM) and periodicals directed to women (PDW), for the period of January 1, 1991 through December 31, 1995, were reviewed. A total of 119 articles were identified, coded, and analyzed using descriptive statistics, frequencies, crosstabulation, and chi-square, to determine, frequency of coverage, sources, documentation, indicated HRT, and estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) benefits and complications, alternative remedies, and the major thrust of the articles.
The results of the study showed significant difference in the frequency of articles on HRT in the professional journals in comparison to PDW. There were also significant differences in the sources and documentations of the articles.