An Investigation into the Portrayal of Organ Donation on Grey’s Anatomy Seasons 1 Through 15

Brian L. Quick, Lauren A. Kriss, Stephen A. Rains, Margaret Sherlock-Jones, Minjoung Jang

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Abstract

The current project sought to extend prior research examining organ donation portrayals on Grey’s Anatomy by examining the first fifteen seasons. Guided by the health belief model, content analysis revealed more attention was given to benefits of donation than barriers. Contrary to previous research, more attention was given to refuting rather than promoting commonly cited myths. The results also address attention to the health threat as well as Grey’s Anatomy’s representation of self-efficacy in registering to be an organ donor. Finally, proportion tests revealed significant differences between the types of organs transplanted on Grey’s Anatomy compared to organs transplanted in the United States. The results are discussed with an emphasis on portrayal trends throughout Season 1 through 15 as well as the theoretical and practical implications of our findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Communication
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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