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Table 4 Ethical issues represented in medical shows

From: Australian medical students' perceptions of professionalism and ethics in medical television programs

Ethical issue % students noted issue Well presented*
(% of students noting issue)
Poorly presented**
(% of students noting issue)
Medical mistakes 96.6% 69.2% 30.8%
Death & dying 94.6% 77.5% 22.5%
Professional misconduct 92.0% 42.0% 58.0%
Quality or value of life 91.1% 73.8% 26.2%
Confidentiality 89.7% 43.3% 56.7%
Truth disclosure 88.8% 47.7% 52.3%
Informed consent 87.7% 46.1% 53.9%
Infectious disease 85.4% 55.5% 44.5%
Access & equity 80.7% 43.8% 56.2%
Education for health care professionals 78.9% 34.4% 65.6%
Rationing care 77.4% 67.8% 32.2%
Artificial and transplanted organs/tissues 77.1% 45.0% 55.0%
Enhancement (plastic surgery etc) 75.0% 35.3% 64.7%
Human experimentation 63.4% 29.1% 70.9%
  1. * Well presented = 'OK', 'Best'
  2. ** Poorly presented = 'Poor', 'Below average'