After he was grilled in congress and faced critical professional backlash, Dr. Oz met with physicians groups across the country to see what he could to fix his TV doctor reputation. Apparently, what he learned will result in changes to his show, about to enter its 7th season.
What he didn’t realize was how he’d become a symbol for a development in health care that many doctors feel threatened by. Patients today often go for check-ups after Googling for information on what ails them or listening to advice from their favorite television doctor. In some respects, it intrudes on the physician-patient relationship, and Oz said he understands how irritating that can be.
Oz has taken steps to mend fences, hiring a doctor to improve his show’s communication with the medical community. Since many doctors hear their patients quote Oz but don’t know what he actually said, the outreach effort will make it easier for them to find out, and will alert specialists when the show addresses topics in the area of their expertise.
Interesting. It would be short-sighted and self-defeating if we don’t consider that a doctor with a media outlet can make a huge different in public health. Dr. Oz has often been public enemy No. 1 for science-based medicine advocates because of his promotion of fad diet treatments and various forms of quackery on his show. Will that now end? Hmm.
This AP story says he will not pimp diet aids any more and will make each segment a bit longer. I guess we’ll see if singing a new, more conservative tune will pull Dr. Oz out of the downward spiral.