Table 4

Ethical issues represented in medical shows

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%


* Well presented = 'OK', 'Best'

** Poorly presented = 'Poor', 'Below average'

Weaver and Wilson BMC Medical Education 2011 11:50   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-11-50

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