Primum non nocere: a call for balance when reporting on CTE


Stewart W, Allinson K, Al-Sarraj S, Bachmeier C, Barlow K, Belli A, Burns MP, Carson A, Crawford F, Dams-O'Connor K, Diaz-Arrastia R, Dixon CE, Edlow BL, Ferguson S & Wilson L (2019) Primum non nocere: a call for balance when reporting on CTE. Lancet Neurology, 18 (3), pp. 231-233. https://doi.org/10.1016/s1474-4422%2819%2930020-1

First paragraph: As clinicians and researchers in traumatic brain injury and neurodegeneration, we are concerned by the tone of reporting on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that has developed over the past decade, highlighted in an article in The New York Times.1 Misleading reporting can have unintended, negative consequences and we call for balance from the medical and scientific communities and the media when communicating on issues related to CTE.

Additional co-authors: Bruce Fischl, Rebecca D Folkerth, Steve Gentleman, Christopher C Giza, M Sean Grady, Adel Helmy, Mark Herceg, Janice L Holton, David Howell, Peter J Hutchinson, Diego Iacono, Juan E Iglesias, Milos D Ikonomovic, Victoria E Johnson, C Dirk Keene, Julia K Kofler, Vassilis E Koliatsos, Edward B Lee, Harvey Levin, Jonathan Lifshitz, Helen Ling, David J Loane, Seth Love, Andrew IR Maas, Niklas Marklund, Christina L Master, Damien M McElvenny, David F Meaney, David K Menon, Thomas J Montine, Benoit Mouzon, Elliott J Mufson, Joseph O Ojo, Mayumi Prins, Tamas Revesz, Craig W Ritchie, Colin Smith, Richard Sylvester, Cheuk Y Tang, John Q Trojanowski, Kathryn Urankar, Robert Vink, Cheryl Wellington, Elisabeth A Wilde, Keith Yeates, Douglas H Smith Output Type: Letter

Lancet Neurology: Volume 18, Issue 3

Publication date31/03/2019
Publication date online28/02/2019
Date accepted by journal12/02/2019