The teenage doctors who review patients for geriatric doctors and pediatricians are getting a little more aggressive in their interactions with patients, according to a new survey.
“More than half of physicians who completed the survey said that they would not perform an in-person consultation with a patient who was under 18 unless there was a reason to believe that the patient was too dangerous to travel to another country,” the survey says.
“Almost three-quarters said that physicians should be required to report any patient with a known history of violence or violence-related behavior to the FBI or state police, even if the patient is not a known threat to the community.”
In a follow-up survey, the researchers asked more than 2,000 pediatricians, geriatricians, family medicine doctors, pediatric nurses, internists and other health professionals to rate their experiences with patients over the past three years.
The results are published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.