Coverage of the organ donation process on Grey's Anatomy: The story of Denny Duquette

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This investigation examined the impact of Grey's Anatomy viewing on a host of organ donation-related variables: organ donation beliefs and attitudes and a willingness to discuss organ donation with family. Following exposure to a storyline in which two myths were presented: (i) the rich and famous can buy their way to the top of organ waiting lists (purchase myth) and (ii) friends and family of medical professionals receive organ transplants quicker than other individuals (relationship myth), results revealed that loyal viewers of Grey's Anatomy are less likely to believe the purchase myth compared to non-viewers. No difference emerged between these two groups with respect to the relationship myth. Additionally, loyal viewers were more likely to talk about their willingness to donate organs than non-viewers. Results are discussed with an emphasis on how Grey's Anatomy portrayals can impact perceptions and action tendencies related to organ donation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-793
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009


  • Entertainment
  • Media
  • Organ donation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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