Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What we have here is, a failure to communicate...

Per Incidental Economist, a study on how well parents of overweight children understood their children were overweight...  after being told by a doctor that their children were overweight.
This study couldn’t be simpler. The parents of nearly 5000 children who were over the 85th percentile for BMI were asked if they had been told their child was overweight (they were). Know how many said yes? 22%.
Admissions to med school are ultra competitive, with selection based on MCAT scores, GPA and the like.  What if the people selected by those criteria absolutely suck at communication with the average American?  I see it as just more evidence that we have the wrong people practicing medicine.

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