A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF PEDIATRIC INFORMATION IN WIDELY CIRCULATED NEWSPAPERS IN IRAN

ZARE FARASHBANDI FIROOZEH, AMINI FAEZEH*, RAHIMI ALIREZA, KELISHADI ROYA

 

* SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND MEDICAL INFORMATICS, ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, ISFAHAN, IRAN

 

Abstract 

Objective (s‏): Newspapers along with other mass media have a significant role in increasing health literacy of the general public.‎ Pediatrics related information is one of the most important issues in newspapers.‎ The goal of this study was to perform a content analysis of the newspapers in Iran for pediatrics information.‎
Methods: This was an applied survey performed in year 2014 using the content analysis method.‎ Data were collected via a checklist designed by the researchers.‎ The statistical population consisted of all of the messages printed in 694 volumes in five most widely circulated Iranian newspapers ‪(Iran, Jamejam, Keyhan, Resalat and Etelaat)‬.‎
Results: In all 426 articles were assessed.‎ Distribution of pediatrics related information published was as follows: Jamejam (7.‎50%)‎, Etelaat (5.‎26%)‎, Iran (18%)‎, Keyhan (5.‎3%)‎ and Resalat (17.‎1%)‎.‎ ‘Mental disorders’ (19.‎6%)‎ and ‘Nutrition’ (19.‎27%)‎ had the highest and ‘Pathophysiology of body fluids and fluid therapy’ and ‘Gynecological problems in childhood’ had the lowest (0%)‎ frequency.‎ There was little attention to ‘Human Genetics’, ‘Metabolic disorders’ and ‘Children with special needs’.‎
Conclusion: The Important messages in newspapers were more compatible with the needs of Iranian society.‎ Iranian pediatricians and journalists have to pay more attention to the neglected subjects and perhaps update themselves with newer information in pediatric filed.‎

Keyword‪(s)‬: CONTENT ANALYSIS, PEDIATRICS, NEWSPAPER, HEALTH INFORMATION

 

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مرکز تحقیقات فناوری اطلاعات در امور سلامت، دانشگاه علوم پزشکی اصفهان، اصفهان، ایران.

 

Health Information Technology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎

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