An astute Crikey reader today pointed out an error in a Sydney Morning Herald report of this Medical Journal of Australia article about the child protection issues surrounding severely obese children.
The SMH story described how the case of four-year-old Jade was reported to DOCS because of concerns about her parents’ unwillingness to do anything about the obesity which was causing serious health problems.
But it omitted the MJA note that “patient and case details are an amalgamation of those from several different patients to protect patient confidentiality” – that Jade does not exist.
In the interests of fairness, it’s worth noting that the Daily Telegraph report also made it look as though Jade is a real girl.
The Age, at least, noted that Jade is “a fictional case study”.
Don’t you love the internet and access to primary sources?