Peppa Pig does not make good use of the GP, according to a study

Catherine Bell, a primary care physician from Sheffield (United Kingdom), has written a scientific article in the Christmas edition of BMJ magazine to explain that the cartoon series Peppa Pig You may be creating unrealistic expectations of primary medical care and use this service inappropriately.

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In the animated cartoon series, the attending physician attending the Pig family seems to provide his patients with excellent service: fast and direct telephone access, continuity of care, extended hours and home visits.

In one case, the doctor makes a home visit to treat a viral and uncomplicated disease, which, according to Bell, encourages patients to try to access their family doctor inappropriately. In another case, the doctor makes another urgent home visit to the 18-month-old brother with cold symptoms. After examining your throat, diagnose an upper respiratory infection and recommend bed rest and warm milk. Another unnecessary visit.

In another case analyzed, the series doctor has to prescribe medications to different patients, until the doctor is exhausted and also sick. By then, the doctor shows signs of "exhaustion," according to Bell:

Their lack of concern for confidentiality, parental consent, record keeping and prescription indicate that the burden of the demand of their patient population is affecting their health. You can no longer offer the level of service your patients expect.

Is Bell exaggerating his perception of general medicine patients according to the influence of a series of cartoons? According to her, no, because Peppa Pig has a lot of audience. In any case, there is his study as a Christmas special somewhat different than usual.