Table 2

News item scoring guide

CreditScore categoriesType of response
No credit0Wrong or vague health claim, irrelevant or blank response.
Partial credit1Acceptable account of the health claim.
2Acceptable account of the health claim and requests relating to one scientific research category (eg, methods).
3Acceptable account of the health claim and requests relating to two unique scientific research categories (eg, methods and data).
Full credit4*Acceptable account of the health claim and requests relating to three or more unique scientific research categories (eg, methods, data and theory/agent).
  • *No student made more than three unique requests for scientific information. Accordingly, full credit on the item was set to 4 score points.