Research Article

Off the cuff consultations.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.291.6505.1321 (Published 09 November 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:1321
  1. M A Weingarten

    Abstract

    Over six months I recorded 198 off the cuff consultations that occurred at social gatherings, at chance meetings, and in medical settings outside my surgery. More men than women made such consultations, roughly two thirds were a request for health information, and just under half of consultations were with other doctors' patients. It seemed that many patients were seeking a second medical opinion.