Pilot of patient held guidelines is under way

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7011.1023a (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1023
  1. Jammi N Rao,
  2. P Myers,
  3. B S Smith,
  4. B A Andreou
  1. Consultant in public health Senior registrar in public health Sandwell Health Authority, West Bromwich B71 4NA
  2. Consultant diabetologist Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust, West Bromwich B71 4HJ
  3. General practitioner Oldbury Health Centre, Oldbury B69 4DB

    EDITOR,--Richard Thomson and colleagues rightly draw attention to the need to consider ways in which the successful implementation and use of agreed guidelines can be enhanced.1 The need for the guidelines to be available for use at the time of contacts between patients and carers has been highlighted before.2 Not enough thought seems to have been given, however, to ways in which this might be achieved. Attaching guidelines to the medical record limits their use to situations in which the …

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