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How does Doctor-Patient Communication Differ Based on the Gender of Doctor and the Gender of Patient? An Analysis of Entertainment-Education Based Network Medical Drama Grey’s Anatomy.
Unformatted Document Text:  Doctor-Patient Communication in Grey’s Anatomy 2 How does Doctor-Patient Communication Differ Based on the Gender of Doctor and the Gender of Patient? An Analysis of Entertainment-Education Based Network Medical Drama Grey’s Anatomy. Abstract This study content analyzed the total of 12 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy of season six. Total of twenty four episodes of the season six, in which total of sixty eight (N= 68) units of doctor- patient (characters) interactions were coded. This study aimed to find whether there is any significant difference in the communication between doctor and patient due to their gender difference. This study didn’t find a significant difference in terms of doctor-patient communication influenced by the gender of the doctor. The study found that the patients have interacted more to the female doctor characters than to the male doctor characters; however, the difference is not significant except in two categories: patient providing information on past medical diagnosis, and patient seeking information on adjustment/coping (p<.05). In average, patients have communicated more with the female doctor characters than the male counterparts (Male: n=28, Female: n= 40). Introduction Past studies show that audiences are affected by the health-related information depicted in medical dramas as well as other popular television shows. A majority of regular television viewers consider TV as their primary source of health information (Beck and Pollard 2001; Pollard and Beck 2000). Pollard and Beck (2001) further mention, “…many regular viewers of soap operas report learning about health from soap operas, and many report taking some action as a result” (Pollard & Beck, 2001, p. 1). Further, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that

Authors: Pokhrel, Lok.
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Doctor-Patient Communication in Grey’s Anatomy
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How does Doctor-Patient Communication Differ Based on the Gender of Doctor and the Gender 
of Patient? An Analysis of Entertainment-Education Based Network Medical Drama Grey’s 
Anatomy.
Abstract
This study content analyzed the total of 12 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy of season six. Total of 
twenty four episodes of the season six, in which total of sixty eight (N= 68) units of doctor-
patient   (characters)  interactions   were  coded.  This   study  aimed   to  find   whether  there   is  any 
significant  difference  in  the  communication   between  doctor  and  patient  due  to  their  gender 
difference.   This   study   didn’t   find   a   significant   difference   in   terms   of   doctor-patient 
communication influenced by the gender of the doctor. The study found that the patients have 
interacted more to the female doctor characters than to the male doctor characters; however, the 
difference  is not significant  except  in two categories:  patient  providing  information  on past 
medical diagnosis, and patient seeking information on adjustment/coping (p<.05). In average, 
patients have communicated more with the female doctor characters than the male counterparts 
(Male: n=28, Female: n= 40). 
Introduction
Past studies show that audiences are affected by the health-related information depicted 
in medical dramas as well as other popular television shows. A majority of regular television 
viewers consider TV as their primary source of health information (Beck and Pollard 2001; 
Pollard and Beck 2000). Pollard and Beck (2001) further mention, “…many regular viewers of 
soap operas report learning about health from soap operas, and many report taking some action 
as a result” (Pollard & Beck, 2001, p. 1). Further, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that 


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