DEPICATIONS OF PATIENT-PHYSICIAN INTERACTION IN MODERN PRIMETIME TV DRAMA AND SITUATIONAL COMEDY: A CONTENT ANALYSIS
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Popular culture portrayals of physicians have evolved in important ways since the early 1950s. During this time predominant medical best practices have shifted from task oriented approaches to patient oriented approaches. Studies have also discovered significant influence of popular media, notably Television (TV) and new age media, in influencing patient interactions through their role in entertainment education, and by creating expectations for reality consistent with the framing, cultivation and social cognitive theories. Recent research has thoroughly characterized these effects and primarily focused on content analysis, conversation analysis and part process communication method to help gain insight into successful manners of patient-physician communication and how media affects expectations and perceptions of received medical care. These studies have almost exclusively focused on long running dramas, specifically, Gray’s Anatomy, and ER. This paper seeks to replicate Yinjiao Ye’s content analysis of Gray’s Anatomy and ER in two unexplored areas: a popular situational comedy Scrubs, and the modern drama House. These results will be evaluated to determine if medical comedies, which ran during the same time period as the previously studied dramas showed similar content, and if a newer long running comparable drama depicts similar content three years after Ye’s study. This will be accomplished by viewing selected episodes and discussing similarities or differences between these shows and Ye’s existing data.
Reese, Eric William (2013). DEPICATIONS OF PATIENT-PHYSICIAN INTERACTION IN MODERN PRIMETIME TV DRAMA AND SITUATIONAL COMEDY: A CONTENT ANALYSIS. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from