BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A general practitioner found the most unlikely factor to blame for people’s high expectations when they go to the doctor. She says the show Peppa Pig offers an inaccurate depiction of GPs, and feeds the children’s expectations in an unhealthy manner. Also, it might be encouraging the little ones to adopt an inappropriate behavior when they have a medical problem.
Patients often go see their GPs for the most unnecessary reasons
Dr. Catherine Bell has noticed that, most of the time, some patients come see her whenever they have any kind of problem. This shouldn’t be bad, but most of their emergencies aren’t actually so serious, and do not require professional medical care. While trying to find out why people rush to their GPs as soon as they experience a minor problem, she found the answer in the most unlikely place.
Dr. Bell is the mother of a toddler, who is a great fan of the show Peppa Pig. Among the characters of the show, there is Dr. Brown Bear, a GP who offers the best service to his patients even if he works alone. This doctor can be called anytime, usually works overtime, and performs dozens of home visits.
Peppa Pig promotes an unrealistic image of general medical practice
Although this looks harmless, it might make children and their parents expect the same kind of treatment from real GPs. Of course, expecting the best service from your doctor is natural but, sometimes, patients tend to ask too much of their GPs, putting a lot of pressure on them.
Dr. Bell performed a case study on several practices of Dr. Brown Bear. He performs home visits for the smallest ailments, and administers medicine for mostly anything. If children are exposed to this, they might come to expect the same treatment from their GPs.
The Peppa Pig show is broadcast in over 180 countries, so many children and their parents get exposed to the show. Although it promotes a big number of healthy habits, this depiction of medical services can raise unnecessary expectations.
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