Content, evaluations and influences in newspaper coverage of predictive genetic testing: A comparative media content analysis from the United Kingdom and Switzerland
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 4511097
Author(s) Zimmermann, Bettina M.; Aebi, Noah; Kolb, Steffen; Shaw, David; Elger, Bernice S.
Author(s) at UniBasel Aebi, Noah
Shaw, David
Elger, Bernice Simone
Zimmermann, Bettina
Year 2019
Title Content, evaluations and influences in newspaper coverage of predictive genetic testing: A comparative media content analysis from the United Kingdom and Switzerland
Journal Public understanding of science (Bristol, England)
Volume 28
Number 3
Pages / Article-Number 256-274
Keywords Switzerland; UK; media content analysis; predictive genetic testing
Abstract Predictive genetic testing often entails challenging decisions about preventive measures and uncertain health-related risk predictions. Because of its increasing availability, it is important to assess how to debate it publicly. Newspaper content analysis represents a common and reliable way to investigate public discourse retrospectively. We thus quantitatively compare broadsheet newspaper coverage about predictive genetic testing in the United Kingdom and Switzerland during the period of 2011-2016 regarding content, evaluations, stakeholder influence, and trigger events. British coverage was more extensive and positive and included more personal stories. Swiss coverage had more focus on political issues. Angelina Jolie's announcement about her double mastectomy was the most important coverage trigger. Researchers were the most frequently cited stakeholder group, but stakeholders from government and civil society were also represented. Our results thus reflect a movement toward a more active public engagement with predictive genetic testing. The findings help to improve and enrich public engagement regarding predictive genetic testing.
Publisher Sage
ISSN/ISBN 0963-6625
edoc-URL https://edoc.unibas.ch/71598/
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1177/0963662518816014
PubMed ID http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30583711
ISI-Number WOS:000461425300001
Document type (ISI) Journal Article
 
   

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