Welcome to Zach Walston’s Medium Page
Tackling health misinformation one story at a time
My mission is to challenge health misinformation by improving knowledge translation from research to clinicians and patients.
- Receive brief summaries of recent research weekly and a monthly update on new content: Subscribe here
- Clinical Gap Podcast: A complete list of all episodes
- Stories Tackling Health Misinformation: Stories on health and medical misinformation
- Stories About Health and Fitness: Stories providing health and fitness tips
- Stories AboutGrowth: Stories about personal and professional growth
- Stories About Books: Stories with book recommendations and lessons learned from them
- Stories About Writing: Stories about writing tips and lessons learned
- Stories about Medium: Stories about successes, failures, and lessons learned on Medium
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Health misinformation is pervasive and harmful. Roughly 36% of US adults have basic or below basic health literacy levels and up to 96% of individuals use at least 1 unaccredited source when searching health questions online.
Source credibility is often considered to be made up of expertise and trustworthiness. Expertise is the extent to which the source is able to give accurate information while trustworthiness reflects the extent that one is willing to provide accurate information. Health professionals as individuals seem to be at the top of nearly all scales for public trustworthiness.
My experience as a physical therapist, researcher, and educator provides me the expertise and credibility to help you better understand health research and challenge misinformation.
I am a Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. I currently serve as the National Director of Quality and Research and Orthopedic Residency Program Coordinator at PT Solutions Physical Therapy.
On my profile, you will find articles tackling health misinformation and explaining health and medical research, short-form book reviews, and articles on growth and personal development from the perspective of a healthcare provider and educator.
The writing and podcast help translate research into real-world applications. I aim to help people think critically, build scientific curiosity, and address the many gaps left by formal education to reduce health misinformation.
Thank you for reading.
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