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Medical News & Perspectives
March 7, 2001

Parents "Letting Rip" at British Pediatricians

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JAMA. 2001;285(9):1145. doi:10.1001/jama.285.9.1145-JMN0307-3-1

Dublin—A recent study suggests that as many as two of three pediatricians in the United Kingdom experience violent behavior by patients' relatives each year.

A recent report by Gerry Mackin, MD, of the Little Acorns Pediatric Unit, Derry, Northern Ireland (Arch Dis Child. 2001;84:106-108), online at http://www.archdischild.com, reports the results of a survey of 75 pediatricians in three UK regions: Northern Ireland, South Thames, and North West England. The study showed that more than 90% of respondents had experienced at least one violent incident. Nearly two thirds of the incidents had occurred during the previous 12 months.

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