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September 2015

In Defense of Documentary Cameras—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Global Media Center for Social Impact, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(9):1585-1586. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.3404

In Reply I certainly have struck a nerve with Terence Wrong in my opinion piece.1 Unfortunately, his defensiveness seems to have blinded him to the critical issues I raise, and he utterly fails to address them.

First, and foremost, as difficult as it may be for many of us to accept, the leadership in modern hospitals is not always committed to what is best for patients when marketing goals are at stake, no matter how prestigious the institution. The chance to have one’s hospital featured on network television is enticing, particularly today when there is intense competition for patients. But is it in the best interests of patients to have their most personal and private moments splashed on the screen?

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