MEDICAL TV ETHICS
ANCHOR LEAD: HAVE YOU LEARNED ANYTHING FROM ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN SHOWS LIKE GREY’S ANATOMY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Life and death make for very compelling drama, and as such provide a lot of fodder for TV medical shows. A Johns Hopkins study led by Matthew Czarny, a medical student, found that these shows need to be viewed as just that, television drama.
CZARNY: In this current study we observed quite a few deviations, specifically negative deviations, from the norms of professionalism. I think taken in the context of programs, which if we’re on a spectrum from documentary to soap opera, they’re a lot more on the soap opera side of things, I think given that setting the deviations from the norms of professionalism that we saw are maybe less striking and seem more at home than they would in an actual clinical setting. :26
Czarny says the good things about show such as House and Grey’s Anatomy is they bring public awareness to a range of ethical issues that people may find themselves faced with at some point in their lives. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.