Study: Grey's Anatomy is turning people against organ donation
About 18 people die every day waiting for organ donations. There are a lot of potential ways to reduce the shortage of organs, but under current law the easiest is probably persuading people to register as donors in case of death. And TV doesn't appear to be helping that cause. There's some evidence, much of it from Purdue University's Susan Morgan and the University of Illinois' Brian Quick, that portrayals of organ donation on TV are generally negative, or, at least, that negative portrayals may get a wider distribution. In one study, Morgan and coauthors reviewed network TV shows from 2004-05 for organ donation related content, and concluded, "the framing of organ donation is primarily negative and highlights moral and material corruption in the medical and organ allocation systems."
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