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As Seen on TV: Health Policy Issues in TV’s Medical Dramas – Executive Summary

As Seen on TV: Health Policy Issues in TV s Medical Dramas


The popularity of hospital-based TV shows and the recent Hollywood movie, John Q, have raised questions about the extent to which the entertainment media engage health policy issues and how those issues are portrayed. This is the executive summary of a study of the 2000-2001 television season of four television hospital dramas.


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