Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 48–53 | Cite as

Information about drugs in family magazines

  • Anke M. van Trigt
  • Lolkje T. W. de Jong-van den Berg
  • Minke Pasman
  • Flora M. Haaijer-Ruskamp
  • Jaap Willems
  • T. F. J. (Dick) Tromp


Family magazines can play an important role in the diffusion of medical information and information regarding drugs to a ‘lay audience’. We describe what kind of drugs are discussed in the family magazines and which information regarding these drugs is given. Furthermore, we look into the information sources for journalists; special attention is paid to the role of the pharmacist: is (s)he recognized by journalists as one of the experts on drugs? Two approaches were used in order to answer the above described research questions: a content analysis of family magazines and indepth interviews of journalists. Gynaecological products as well as drugs for the central nervous system receive much attention in family magazines. The kind of information given about drugs is limited. Only part of the publications pays attention to side-effects. Patients asking questions about drugs in response to publications in family magazines know the name of a drug but are rarely informed about other aspects of the therapy, such as side-effects. In the provision of information physicians and medical specialists play an important role as sources of information for journalists. There is, however, until now no role for the pharmacist as a source of information on drugs in family magazines.


Drugs Journalism Mass media Patient education Periodicals 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anke M. van Trigt
    • 1
  • Lolkje T. W. de Jong-van den Berg
    • 1
  • Minke Pasman
    • 1
  • Flora M. Haaijer-Ruskamp
    • 2
  • Jaap Willems
    • 3
  • T. F. J. (Dick) Tromp
    • 1
  1. 1.Section Social Pharmacy and Pharmaco-epidemiologyGroningen Institute for Drug Studies (GIDS), University Centre for PharmacyAW Groningenthe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineGroningen Institute for Drug Studies (GIDS), Northern Centre of Health CareAV Groningen
  3. 3.Faculty of SciencesUniversity of NijmegenGL Nijmegenthe Netherlands

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