Frankrijk: Franse artsen en EMV
vrijdag, 28 juni 2013 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal
Bron: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0755498213000146 .
La Presse Médicale
Volume 42, Issue 5, May 2013, Pages e133–e143
Prise en charge du diabète de type 2
Les médecins généralistes français face aux champs électromagnétiques
French general practitioners and electromagnetic fields
Jacques Lambrozo1, Martine Souques1, , , Fabrice Bourg2, Xavier Guillaume2, Anne Perrin3
1 Service des études médicales, EDF - DRH Groupe, 45, rue Kléber, 92309 Levallois-Perret cedex, France
2 Kantar Health, 138, avenue Marx-Dormoy, 92120 Montrouge, France
3 Institut de recherche biomédicale des armées – antenne CRSSA, département « Effets biologiques des rayonnements », BP 87, 38702 La Tronche cedex, France
To assess the perception of risk of general practitioners (GPs) about electromagnetic fields (EMF), their sources of information, as well as their patients’ level of concern.
Six hundred French GPs were selected according to the quotas method. They were asked to answer 24 items via an electronic questionnaire using the Computer-Assisted Web Interviewing (CAWI) method.
The GPs know the main EMF sources: cell phone towers, cell phones, power-lines, microwave ovens and WiFi networks. Patients mostly complain or worry about the first three sources and ask their GP for information about these. GPs themselves search for information in the mainstream media rather than in the usual scientific and medical press. As a consequence, their knowledge about potential risks of EMF is deemed rather crude.
Discussion and conclusion
The GPs are sensitive to environmental concerns, particularly regarding EMF exposure. However, according to the results analysis, they do not have the same approach because of an obvious lack of mastery in a complex and poorly informed situation. A serious educational effort is essential and would be welcomed by practitioners, who are aware of their responsibilities in terms of counseling, diagnosis and care.
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