The DEI Shift

Medical Misinformation and Disinformation

July 20, 2022 The DEI Shift Season 4 Episode 4
The DEI Shift
Medical Misinformation and Disinformation
Show Notes

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the negative effects medical misinformation and disinformation can have on our communities. Despite these not being new phenomena, health professionals have seen first-hand during the pandemic how difficult it is to combat these pervasive problems. Join us in learning with Dr. Tracey Henry (General Internist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University) about what constitutes medical misinformation and disinformation, the psychological factors that drive their spread, and ways we can combat them.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the terms misinformation, disinformation and malinformation. 
  2. Describe the 3 psychological factors that drive the spread of misinformation and disinformation. 
  3. Identify strategies physicians can use to combat misinformation and disinformation, such as psychological inoculation or “pre-bunking”.


Co-Hosts/Producers: Dr. DJ Gaines and Branden Barger
Executive Producer: Dr. Tammy Lin
Co-Executive Producers: Dr. Pooja Jaeel, Dr. Tiffany Leung
Senior Producers: Dr. DJ Gaines, Dr. Maggie Kozman
Editor/Assistant Producer: Emily Han
Production Assistants: Alexandra Babakanian, Leyna Nguyen
Website/Art Design: Ann Truong
Music: Chris Dingman