The effect of obesity on medical students’ approach to patients with abdominal pain

@article{Wigton2001TheEO,
  title={The effect of obesity on medical students’ approach to patients with abdominal pain},
  author={MS Dr. Robert S. Wigton and William Craig McGaghie},
  journal={Journal of General Internal Medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={16},
  pages={262-265}
}
Because widely held stereotypes characterize obese people as less intelligent, unhappy, lacking in self control and more prone to psychological problems, we tested whether obese appearance alone would affect medical students’ decisions about the diagnosis and management of simulated patients. We videotaped 4 patient simulators presenting each of 4 cases in 2 states: normal and obese (by using padding and bulky clothing). Seventy-two clinical students at 2 medical schools viewed the cases and… CONTINUE READING