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Doctors Often Overestimate Their Expertise

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by NewsBot, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. NewsBot

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    Here is the abstract

    Accuracy of Physician Self-assessment Compared With Observed Measures of Competence: A Systematic Review
    David A. Davis, MD; Paul E. Mazmanian, PhD; Michael Fordis, MD; R. Van Harrison, PhD; Kevin E. Thorpe, MMath; Laure Perrier, MEd, MLIS
    JAMA. 2006;296:1094-1102.
     
  3. Craig Payne

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    Maybe thats a good thing because the evidence suggests that adults learn best when they have self-identified and acknowledged a deficit and set out to rectify that deficit.
     
  4. Gen

    Gen Member

    How can a person who spends 6 yrs studying the entire human body, diseases and treatments be better equipped to diagnose and/or treat a disorder of a particular body part than another person who spends four years on that one area?

    In other words: why should a doctor be better at foot problems than a podiatrist?

    My experience is they dont have a clue. In fact, I have a friend that is a GP who studied medicine in melbourne and his class ran out of time and did not learn anything about feet at all. His class was told not to worry because it would not be on the exam and it is just like the hand anyway!!!! I kid you not.

    Would you like this dr to perform your PNA? I dont think so!
     
  5. LuckyLisfranc

    LuckyLisfranc Well-Known Member

    If that disturbs you, then consider that the majority of medical schools in Australia have moved to a graduate program that is typically 4 years long. So someone with a basic degree unrelated to medicine, can then do 4 years and treat any foot condition with a greater scope of practice than podiatrist in this country can. We are the clever country! :cool:

    LL
     
  6. Gen

    Gen Member

    If I get one more referral for the wart that is a corn or the corn that is a wart.....!
     
  7. referrals

    Had one for a Paeds biomechanics case that made me smile. 10 months old baby, not yet walking, flat feet apparently! :rolleyes:

    Tricky to use orthotics when there is no GRF to play with! :D

    Robert
     
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