Soaps paint far too rosy a picture of coma

American soap operas paint an improbably rosy picture of coma patients' survival and recovery, says a study in this week's BMJ, with potentially important consequences for viewers.

Tracking storylines containing coma patients over 10 years, researchers found that soap opera patients were far more likely to survive a coma than in real life. And they were also much more likely to emerge unscathed.

Only 8% of soapland patients died during coma for instance, compared with 50% upwards in real life. And all those who did survive recovered fully from their comas, while realistically just one in ten would regain their previous health - usually after months of intense rehabilitation, say the authors.

Such unrealistic outcomes have implications for viewers' expectations when dealing with family members or partners in comas, or if recovering from comas themselves. Television storylines have substantial influence on viewers, say the authors. American soaps reach 40 million viewers in the US alone and are broadcast in 90 countries worldwide - a huge audience for convincing health messages.

Although families of coma patients are not often faced with decisions over life-sustaining treatment, when needed such decisions are difficult and shrouded in uncertainty, say the authors. It may not be helpful to have unrealistic expectations of a patient's survival - leading to disagreements between doctors and families which often end up in the courts.

While soap storylines are not written to reflect real life, say the authors, the media in general should balance stories of improbable survival and recovery with compelling and compassionate stories of characters who die with comfort and dignity.


Contact: Emma Dickinson
BMJ-British Medical Journal

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Eye diseases gave great painters different vision of their work, Stanford ophthalmologist says
2. Solvent exposure linked to birth defects in babies of male painters
3. Core needle biopsy gives an accurate picture of gene expression in whole tumor
4. Beyond Tom Cruise - the bigger ultrasound picture
5. Big picture of brain changes may be crucial to recovery from stroke injury
6. Sharper picture of major depression and alcohol disorders
7. BMI just part of ischemic heart disease risk picture

Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/4/2020)... ... 04, 2020 , ... When it comes to starting the average week, most ... confronting our most challenging task first. When we’re done with our first undertaking, we ... demands at work with little or no control of each task? "Ten minutes of ...
(Date:6/3/2020)... ... ... Principals of Dr. Sebi’s Cell Food have revealed that the company experienced noticeable ... To back this data, search trends show that search volume for “Dr. Sebi” and ... a similar trajectory, experiencing a significant increase in March (62%) and another increase in ...
(Date:5/30/2020)... ... May 29, 2020 , ... Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® will be ... 31, 2020 and Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 8:00pm ET / PT – two chances ... , IQ Med , and Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory . , ...
(Date:5/28/2020)... ... 28, 2020 , ... Officials with Mon Health System today ... and the group purchasing organization run by Allegheny Health Network (AHN). Mon Health ... program at Mon Health Medical Center. , Known as Physician ...
(Date:5/27/2020)... FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2020 , ... ... the Covid-19 curve and Howell Michigan, Fowlerville Michigan , and Ann Arbor Michigan. ... by seeing all high-risk patients within the clinic and at the hospital. We have ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/4/2020)... ... June 04, 2020 , ... The USA based, HashCash Consultants ... digital solutions for a futuristic reformation of production units. , During the ... affecting the global supply chain. With social distancing protocols still prevalent, industries are ...
(Date:6/3/2020)... YORK (PRWEB) , ... June 03, 2020 , ... The ... Mobile in Clinical Trials conference to take place on September 21st, 2020. This annual ... technologies to reduce the barriers for patients and physicians to participate in clinical research. ...
(Date:6/3/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... June 03, 2020 , ... ... management, Progressive Dental Marketing provides guidance at the Dental Entrepreneur Organization ... Dentistry in The NEW World: Sustaining and Thriving Going Forward.” Progressive Dental Marketing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: