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(Junk junk) Factors associated with assessment of UK doctors' professionalism

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    BMJ press release this week.
    Haven't looked at the paper so just a thought off the top of my head: they seem to be saying that psychiatrists unfairly get poor assessments from both patients and colleagues. Another interpretation would be that perhaps psychiatrists deserve the poor assessments e.g. they are sloppy?

  2. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    Blasphemy! Wash your mouth out.

    Clearly it is everybody else's fault.
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  3. alex3619

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    So much psychiatry is guess and test (the treatment). Its not surprising that this is held in low regard, there is a distinct lack of hard science. Of course there are reasons for this - the brain is an extermely complicated organ, more complicated than anything else we are studying - and that includes physics. In my opinion the advances will come from the neuroscience, and psychiatry will just be an applied branch of neuroscience in the future. Of course I am project my own neuroscience bias in saying this, as someone who used to be interested in computational models of mind and mental processes.

    Personally if I had an issue, and a doctor said "I guess its this" and "lets experiment with doing this" then I would be unhappy with most doctors especially if they pretended to more knowledge than they had. Hmmm, wait a minute, I do ... ME.

    Bye, Alex
  4. Enid

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    I agree with alex - problem of much psychiatry being guesswork (incorrect conclusions being misapplied historically and currently). But I don't altogether see caution needed in colleague feedback. 4 Docs (various specialities) in my own family and they are very chosey about who they see when needed - some simply more informed and better at their jobs than others. Caution exists - but somehow we don't have to be cautious of their caution ! It's a fact - some Docs are better than others. "Bias" it is not.
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    Esther12 Senior Member

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    And the race thing...

    Maybe non-white patients rate doctors less well... or maybe doctors treat non-white patients less well.

    What a weird study.
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    Sounds like shrinks are trying to paint themselves as victims. Perhaps they will be filing legislation to receive protected class status, ie it will become illegal to criticize shrinks.
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  7. Desdinova

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    Hey? I thought that the psych's made it perfectly clear that everyone was a victim but those with fictitious illness beliefs like ME/CFS who cling to their false beliefs. :rolleyes:
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  8. Snow Leopard

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    Maybe psychiatrists would be considered more professional if their practise actually had an underlying scientific model? Just a suggestion.
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