A is for aphorism - do smart mothers make better diagnoses than poor doctors?

Authors:
Georga Cooke
Georga Cooke
Bond University
Australia

Aust Fam Physician 2012 Sep;41(9):730

Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

A core skill to acquire during our medical education is the ability to identify the sick child. When presenting cases to my mentors in general practice, emergency departments and paediatric services, a recurring question asked of me was, 'What does the mother think? How worried is she that this child is really sick?' A mother's intuition ranks highly when we are looking to form a diagnosis and establish how unwell their child is.

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