The Physician, the Media, and the `Spectacular' Case
DeVries, William C.
JAMA. 1988 Feb 12; 259(6): 886-890.
Drawing on his experiences as a pioneer in performing artificial heart transplants for illustration, DeVries considers the dilemmas that the physician-researcher working on a "spectacular" medical case confronts in dealing with the news media. He discusses five major concerns: the patient's privacy; the effects of the media on the treatment of the patient; the integrity of the experiment; hospital disruptions; and the negative reactions of peers who perceive physician-researchers as self-aggrandizing. DeVries concludes that physician cooperation with the press is necessary and desirable, but that it should be based on the following principles: (1) concern for the patient and family is paramount, taking precedence over the public's right to know; (2) any information released must be accurate; and (3) advance preparation regarding the logistics of reporting the news quickly and accurately is essential. (KIE abstract)
Artificial Organs; Biomedical Research; Biomedical Technologies; Confidentiality; Hearts; Hospitals; Human Experimentation; Institutional Policies; Investigators; Mass Media; Patient Care; Patients; Peer Review; Physicians; Privacy; Research; Research Subjects; Researchers; Review; Reporting; Social Impact; Transplantation;
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