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Predatory journals, fake conferences and misleading social media: The dark side of medical information

Authors
  • Kert, Suzana1, 2
  • Švab, Igor3
  • 1 Community Health Centre dr. Adolfa Drolca Maribor, Ulica talcev 5 , (Slovenia)
  • 2 University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Taborska ulica 8 , (Slovenia)
  • 3 University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Poljanski nasip 58 , (Slovenia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Slovenian Journal of Public Health
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Mar 18, 2021
Volume
60
Issue
2
Pages
79–81
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/sjph-2021-0012
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Invited editorial
License
Green

Abstract

We live in an age of information revolution, where trends in informing physicians and the lay public bring new challenges that must be faced by healthcare professionals. Predatory journals and fake conferences are common. Social media is full of false information, which results in serious public health damage. Therefore, it is important that health professionals communicate properly with the public and patients and that they address the education of both the public and other health professionals.

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