Ann Silversides knew her feature on mammography screening was controversial. While writing it, she had to contend with the fact that new research on the pros and cons of mammography is continually forthcoming.
She’s proud that the final story lays out the complicated issues in an accessible way.
Health care is full of vested interests, she says, and practitioners can become accustomed to the status quo. This is why she thinks careful, well-researched and probing health reporting, which can help guide citizens through the issues, is so important.
Silversides, who admires Canada’s dedicated women’s health activists, contributed a chapter to The Push to Prescribe, Women & Canadian Drug Policy. A long-time health policy journalist, she writes features for the Canadian website healthydebate.ca, and recently published a feature on a coroner’s inquest into OxyContin-related deaths in Maisonneuve magazine.