BMC Medical Ethics 15 (1):58 (2014)

Abstract
Ocular gene transfer clinical trials are raising hopes for blindness treatments and attracting media attention. News media provide an accessible health information source for patients and the public, but are often criticized for overemphasizing benefits and underplaying risks of novel biomedical interventions. Overly optimistic portrayals of unproven interventions may influence public and patient expectations; the latter may cause patients to downplay risks and over-emphasize benefits, with implications for informed consent for clinical trials. We analyze the news media communications landscape about ocular gene transfer and make recommendations for improving communications between clinicians and potential trial participants in light of media coverage
Keywords Gene transfer  Gene therapy  Media  Newspaper coverage  Therapeutic misconception  Ethics  Informed consent
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DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-15-58
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