Are DTC TV Ads "Scaring" Patients?

A recent BBC article (“Medicine Information Leaflets ‘Too Scary’ says Experts”) illustrated how word choice and framing of side effects on drug inserts may sway patients towards not taking their medication. But why? The Academy of Medical Sciences report, which the BBC quotes, shares that patients may be confused, anxious, and/or off-put by the current…

Ling 101: Power and Agency

Welcome back! At this point, we’ve covered a good amount of ground on the basics of healthcare discourse analysis. Namely we’ve talked about how linguistics: is integral to good market understanding, can shape understanding with footing and alignment has rules that we can break or follow But what about power and control?