Attitudes to questioning in clinical practice may be changed

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7143.1535 (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1535
  1. Mary C J Rudolf, Consultant community paediatrician,
  2. Karen Jones, Research associate
  1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9NP
  2. Department of Primary Health Care, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

    EDITOR—Barrie and Ward suggest that a major barrier to the promotion of evidence based health care is the generation of questions by the doctor. 1 2 The figure of only 2.4 questions asked per 10 patients should not astonish those who received a conventional medical education taught by authoritarian seniors in an atmosphere where questioning is not fostered.

    While running a course on evidence based child health at Leeds University we collected data that suggest that questioning …

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