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What Do Newspapers Say About Osteoporosis From The Perspective of Public Health? From a Public Health Perspective?
Aslı Kalkım1,Şafak Dağhan1,Rümeysa Rukiye Akkulak2,İdil Demirbuğra3,Ayşe Münise Yavaş4
1Ege Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Hemşireliği A.D., İzmir, Türkiye
2Atatürk Eğitim Araştırma Hastanesi, Hemşire, Ankara, Türkiye
3Ege Üniversitesi Hastanesi, Genel Cerrahi Yoğun Bakım Kliniği, İzmir, Türkiye
4Şuan çalışmıyor, Hemşire, İzmir, Türkiye
Aim: The aim was to examine the newspaper coverage of osteoporosis from a public health perspective in terms of public awareness.

Methods: The sample of this descriptive study consisted of 163 news items from nine newspapers, published between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2016, which accorded with the criteria of the study. In order to evaluate these news items, a form was used which consisted of two sections and 45 questions. Data were evaluated numerically and as percentages using the statistics package SPSS 21.0.

Results: It was found that 26.4% of the news items were published in 2016, 87.1% did not give a scientific source, 84% discussed the risk factors for osteoporosis, 59.5% wrote about the symptoms of the disease, and 85.9% mentioned about the protection from osteoporosis and its prevention. Among the protective measures, 51.5% contained information on calcium-rich foods, 27.6% on exercise, and 13.5% on vitamin D and exposure to sunlight.

Conclusions: It is thought that as newspapers have an important role in passing on important information relating to public health and in affecting attitudes and behaviors, their news content should be prepared based on a scientific basis, they should deal with the aspects of osteoporosis which are less well-known to the public, and they should place greater emphasis on protective measures relating to osteoporosis. Keywords : Osteoporosis, public health, newspaper