Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The medical inaccuracies found in popular TV medical dramas

This story on CNN was rather interesting: Medical dramas give bad information about seizure treatment

I don't think anyone in the medical profession will deny that these television shows often grossly misrepresent medical treatment. Although shows like "Grey's Anatomy," House, M.D.," and "Private Practice," and "ER" may be entertaining, are they misleading consumers to the point of shaping consumer awareness regarding specific health conditions?

According to CNN: A new study found that seizure care in particular was depicted appropriately less than half the time on major fictional medical shows... The research will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Toronto, Ontario, in April.

I'm eager to see if anyone will explore how these TV shows may be impacting patient behavior and self-management of specific conditions like hypertension and diabetes. 

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