Saturday, November 22, 2008

Parents want nosy pediatricians

A blog reports:
Pediatricians are being encouraged to add another screening test to their lifestyle assessments of the families of their young patients. Medscape just reported on a study in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics telling pediatricians that it had found eight out of ten parents would “welcome or not mind at all” their child’s doctor asking them about their alcohol use and screening them for a drinking problem. Pediatricians also read that one-third or more parents said they would similarly appreciate their child’s pediatrician reporting them to a social worker or making an appointment for them with their own doctor if he/she found they had a drinking problem.
I don't believe this. If a pediatrician asked me a bunch of questions like that, I would tell him to mind his own business and I would look for another pediatrician.

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