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  •    Locate one popular culture source about a medication of your choosing. Examples of popular sources include popular magazines, health

web sites, blogs, newspaper articles, and social media articles.

  •  Locate one professional source article, written about the SAME medication as the popular source article. This source must be a peer-

reviewed, professional journal article, less than five years old.

  • Read both articles, and compare the information contained in them. Identify differences and similarities. Evaluate the quality and accuracy of information in the popular source compared to the professional source (use resources!)
  • Compose a paper containing the following elements:
  1. Summary paragraph of the popular culture source.
  2. Summary paragraph of the professional source.
  3. Comparison of popular culture source and professional source.
  4. Evaluation of the quality and accuracy of the information contained in the popular culture article.
  5. Discussion of potential dangers of inaccurate or incomplete medication information.
  6. Discussion of the role of the nurse related to educating patients about sources of medication information.
  7. Personal reflection upon the following:

o   What ethical responsibilities do authors and/or publishers of popular sources have regarding medication information, if any?

o   What are the positive aspects of consumers having easy, rapid access to a multitude of medication information sources?

Are there any negative aspects? What can nurses do to minimize the negatives?