Bizarre research article about parental confidence in GPs gets a mention in ABC’s Media Watch


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Bizarre research article gets a mention in ABC’s Media Watch

In anearlier post I mentioned thebizarre article published by a paediatrician from the University of Melbourne.

The article concluded incorrectly that “confidence with GPs is an issue for parents of many walks of life”. The paper was rejected by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

The odd conclusions from the authors were reported by prime time media which in turn drew the attention of the ABC TV showMedia Watch.

The article and subsequent reporting by some journalists attracted harsh criticism from presenterPaul Barry. And rightly so…

The background

The authors reported the results of a survey about the confidence parents have in the paediatric care by Australian GPs. The survey was published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The findings showed that most parents are confident in their GP (only 2% of respondents was not…

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