Practice Observed

Common childhood problems: variation in management

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: (Published 05 October 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:941
  1. David Jewell,
  2. John Bain


    A patient management questionnaire was written to assess the range of advice being offered to parents on common paediatric problems. It was sent to hospital doctors, clinical medical officers, health visitors, and general practitioner trainers and trainees. In the 95 completed questionnaires just over half the items elicited conflicting advice, and some differences between different professional groups could be identified. It is suggested that such conflicts are potentially damaging to relationships between patients and health care professionals and that there are ways to avoid conflict.