Study Shows News Stories on Nursing Homes are Mostly Negative
A recent study published in the December Issue of Medical Care, a journal published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, found that many news stories paint a negative picture of nursing homes. The researchers found that about 49% of nursing home news stories are negative with only about 10% being positive. According to the report the remaining 41% of the stories on nursing home tend to contain more neutral content.
According to researchers this seemingly large amount of negativity may stem from the idea that bad news sells. Those involved in the study point out that a lot of the positive stories about quality care may not make the front page the way stories of neglect and fraud do because they simply wouldn’t attract attention. Unfortunately for those involved with nursing homes though, the negative stories are true and that really does harm the perception and reputation of the industry.
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