The role of the media and social media in improving end of life care

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
St Vincent's Hospital
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Prof Jennifer Philip Personal web page

Project Details

Evidence suggests patients and their families have narrow understanding of available options for care if faced with serious illness. Palliative care is an approach which has been shown to improve the quality of life of those with serious illness and their families, but is inconsistently accessed, and is often initiated late in the illness course.

The media (including both traditional and social media) play an important role in shaping community understandings and discourse about end of life. However, little is known of how the media reports issues relating to death and dying, and in particular representations of palliative care.

This study will conduct a systematic media review to determine the nature and quality of reporting about end of life by the Australian media, with a view to informing future strategies intended to optimise reporting. This work could inform a seminal publication outlining recommendations to facilitate effective media reporting which promotes positive community discourse around end of life.

This project is suitable for a Masters student.

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Cancer in Medicine

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Masters by Research
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Medicine and Radiology

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St Vincent's Hospital

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