Table 3.

Health content in non-disparities health stories

City A, mainstream paperCity A, ethnic paperCity B, mainstream paperCity B, ethnic paperTotal across papers
n = 130an = 36an = 425an = 59aN = 650a
No. of stories discussing disease/conditionb522228234390
 Breast cancer549321
 Prostate cancer225110
 Lung cancer10214
 Colon cancer00101
 Cancer (other)3015g321
 Cancer (general, not specified)10412228
 Heart disease3418227
 Stroke00707
 Hypertension01517
 Diabetes (type II)167115
 Obesityc5318329
 Chronic lower respiratory diseased02417
 Influenza or pneumonia717116
 HIV/AIDS0110213
 Mental health disorders3224130
 Other17e6186h18k227
No. of stories discussing behavioral risk factorb1311361676
 Smoking/tobacco use568322
 Poor diet/nutrition6412830
 Overweight/obesity045413
 Lack of physical activity/exercise234413
 Lack of sleep00112
 Other3015i119
No. of stories discussing health care access, quality, or policyb731516630284
 Access to health insurance169117
 Access to health care services0511824
 Quality of medical care and/or care providers0334340
 Health care policy and/or reform4759120163
 Other25f033j159
  • an refers to the number of news stories.

  • bA single story could discuss a disease(s)/condition(s), risk factor(s), and/or a health care issue(s). Coders could record up to four diseases/conditions, risk factors, and health care issues per article.

  • cObesity could be coded as a disease/condition and/or behavioral risk factor, depending on context.

  • dIncludes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.

  • eFor City A mainstream paper, most common “other” diseases/conditions mentioned include kidney disease, vector-borne diseases (e.g., West Nile, Lyme), cystic fibrosis, digestive disorders (e.g., Crohn's), and injuries (e.g., concussion).

  • fFor City A mainstream paper, most common “other” health care access, quality, or policy issue mentioned was the costs associated with health care (e.g., increasing cost of medical treatment, higher insurance premiums).

  • gFor City B mainstream paper, most common “other” cancers mentioned include leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, and other skin cancers.

  • hFor City B mainstream paper, most common “other” diseases/conditions mentioned include Alzheimer's disease, bone diseases (e.g., osteoporosis), autism and Asperger syndrome, vector-borne diseases (e.g., West Nile, Lyme), digestive disorders (e.g., Crohn's), and injuries (e.g., concussion).

  • iFor City B mainstream paper, most common “other” behavioral risk factor mentioned was alcohol or drug abuse.

  • jFor City B mainstream paper, most common “other” health care access, quality, or policy issue mentioned was the costs associated with health care (e.g., increasing cost of medical treatment, higher insurance premiums).

  • kFor City B ethnic paper, most common “other” diseases/conditions mentioned include infectious diseases (e.g., cholera), autoimmune diseases (e.g., lupus), and teen pregnancy.