Medical and nursing students' television viewing habits: Potential implications for bioethics

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Abstract

Television medical dramas frequently depict the practice of medicine and bioethical issues in a strikingly realistic but sometimes inaccurate fashion. Because these shows depict medicine so vividly and are so relevant to the career interests of medical and nursing students, they may affect these students' beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions regarding the practice of medicine and bioethical issues. We conducted a web-based survey of medical and nursing students to determine the medical drama viewing habits and impressions of bioethical issues depicted in them. More than 80% of medical and nursing students watch television medical dramas. Students with more clinical experience tended to have impressions that were more negative than those of students without clinical experience. Furthermore, viewing of television medical dramas is a social event and many students discuss the bioethical issues they observe with friends and family. Television medical dramas may stimulate students to think about and discuss bioethical issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Bioethics
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Bioethics
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Media
  • Professional education
  • Television

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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