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Published on 28.07.05 in Vol 7, No 4 (2005)

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    "Is Cybermedicine Killing You?" - University College London (UCL) Media Strategy Explained

    Corresponding Author:

    Dominique Fourniol

    Head of Media Relations

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    University College London

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    Related Articles:

    Comment on: Eysenbach G, Kummervold PE. "Is Cybermedicine Killing You?" - The Story of a Cochrane Disaster. J Med Internet Res. 2005;7(2) p. e21

    Comment on: Rada R. A Case Study of a Retracted Systematic Review on Interactive Health Communication Applications: Impact on Media, Scientists, and Patients. J Med Internet Res. 2005;7(2) p. e18

    Comment in: Eysenbach G. "Is Cybermedicine Killing You?" - University College London Media Strategy Explained: Author's Reply. J Med Internet Res. 2005;7(2) p. e44

    J Med Internet Res 2005;7(4):e43


    Eysenbach and Kummervold [1] and Rada [2] criticize the handling of the Cochrane review retraction from a media perspective, and I wish to provide the following additional clarification of the actions of the UCL media relations office in this instance.

    Had the withdrawal of the review been a permanent retraction with no further action to be taken by the authors or journal, the UCL media relations office would have issued a statement to this effect at the time via our media mailing lists.

    Given that the review was withdrawn with a view to revision and republication at the earliest opportunity and not to permanent retraction, we decided to issue an updated press release once that process was complete. The release will both explain the error and provide the correct interpretation of the review, which will enable journalists to compare the original and revised papers and report on both the errors and the new, correct findings of the review. The release, anticipated later this year, will be sent to all journalists and websites which received the original October 2004 release.


    1. Eysenbach G, Kummervold PE. "Is cybermedicine killing you?" - the story of a Cochrane disaster. J Med Internet Res 2005 Jun 30;7(2):e21 [FREE Full text] [Medline] [CrossRef]
    2. Rada R. A case study of a retracted systematic review on interactive health communication applications: impact on media, scientists, and patients. J Med Internet Res 2005 Jun 30;7(2):e18 [FREE Full text] [Medline] [CrossRef]

    Edited by G Eysenbach; This is a non–peer-reviewed article. submitted 13.07.05; accepted 18.07.05; published 28.07.05

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