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Death Stud. 2014 Jan-Jun;38(1-5):125-35. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2012.738766. Epub 2013 Aug 22.

Media coverage of medical decision making at the end of life: a Belgian case study.

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a Centre for Studies on Media and Culture , Vrije University Brussels , Brussels , Belgium.


This article presents a content analysis of Belgian media coverage of end-of-life decision making. The authors examine a selection of press articles and the differences among media genres in covering the issue. In general terms, they found an overreporting of euthanasia; a focus on dying processes resulting from cancer and Alzheimer's disease; and an attention to political discussions and political voices, which outnumber patient voices. In genre-specific terms, unlike mainstream media, niche media reported less mediagenic aspects of the end of life. Finally, although popular mainstream media focus on personal aspects of the end-of-life, elite mainstream media privilege political aspects.

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