Reviews TV

How viewers get facts from fiction

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7410.347-a (Published 07 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:347
  1. Upasana Tayal (utayal@bmj.com), Clegg scholar
  1. BMJ

    We have long secretly suspected that medical students learn more from television dramas such as ER and Casualty than they do on the wards. But now a report claims that the general public may also have been learning more than we bargained for.

    The report, Dramatic Licence: Fact or Fiction?, published by the UK Broadcasting Standards Commission and commissioned last month from market researchers NOP, looks at how accurately television drama series portray their featured professions

    (www.bsc.org.uk/pdfs/research/dramatic.pdf). The research involved 14 group discussions—10 among the general public and four …

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