Peppa pig is injurious to health physicians. British Medical Journal concerned

Therapist from great Britain published in the British Medical Journal article on the cartoon “Peppa Pig”, having thoroughly reviewed the reasons why this children’s cartoon is injurious to health physicians and contributes to professional burnout

According to Catherine bell (Catherine Bell), the author of the article, the cartoon was completely unrealistic presents of the disease and the actions of the doctors, so parents who watch cartoons with the children, there are misconceptions about what exactly should be the work of a doctor. Hence in her opinion and there are high requirements to the therapists and family doctors.

It is believed that in recent years healthcare in the UK is in crisis in hospitals, not enough beds, General practitioners do not have time to take on all-comers patients. Bell believes that not the last role in the long queues to the doctors played a huge popularity of the cartoon “Peppa Pig”.

Famous cartoon, already translated into over 40 languages, watch the children from 180 countries. In this cartoon, according to bell, the doctor (doctor Bear) comes to Peppe home at the slightest provocation, and writes her a lot of medication, even if that’s not enough reason, and the symptoms should not cause any worry (barely noticeable rash or slight discomfort).

Examining the actions of the animated colleagues, bell notes that in many cases the doctor does not have to come home to Beppe – he should have to advise parents Pippi on the phone, or they offer themselves to lead a sick pig at the reception. And prescription drugs for illnesses that can be themselves, forcing parents Pippi spend the extra money, and incidentally can cause drug resistance in microbes that caused the disease Pippi (in that case, if the prescribed medicine is an antibiotic). In one series, which tells about the “epidemic of coughing,” Dr. Bear call many times, and in the end he falls ill. Dr. bell saw the symptoms of his illness are signs of burnout.

The same phenomenon can occur with doctors in real life – partly due to the fact that parents of young children watching “Peppa Pig” too much and too often so call the doctors at home. Humorous at first glance, the article caused a very serious response from my colleagues Catherine.

So the Chairman of the Royal College of physicians Helen Stokes-Lampard believes that bell is the truth. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, she noted that excessive pressures on physicians, which is created by anxious parents, the result interfere with the functioning of the entire health system.

“We appreciate the role established the personal contact between doctor and patient, but sometimes the services of a therapist do not really need. In such a difficult time for healthcare we would advise parents not to call the doctor every time a child gets sick, and to think and decide that maybe they can cope with the discomfort of his forces,” concluded Stokes-Lampard.