Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bias from the OB's becomes Bias for the media

Asian-white couples have distinct pregnancy risks


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2008/10/asian-white-cou.html

I read this and thought "The media bought it, hook line and sinker. They didn't even LOOK at the obvious biases that might occur, the most obvious being that a doctor looks at "short Asian mom" and offers her a cesarean or doesn't give her as long in labor or says "big baby, let's induce" and that becomes the cesarean in a few hours for a baby that wasn't ready to be born.

This story highlights what is wrong with obstetrical care and the media reporting of it.
Where is the science here and where is the journalist's integrity?

2 comments:

Kelly said...

Yeah - there's no mention anywhere that many of these cesareans are likely caused by provider bias.

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