Letters

Consultants could give patients a letter summarising their consultation

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7132.706 (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:706
  1. Charles Essex, Consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician
  1. Child Development Unit, Gulston Hospital, Coventry CV1 2HR

    EDITOR—Burkey et al state that patients in outpatient clinics value a clear message when they are being discharged, being given written and verbal information about their condition, and knowing that their general practitioner has this information.1 I suggest that one way to address these is to write to the patient or the parents.

    After every consultation I write only one letter, to the parent(s), with a copy to other parties. This includes (examples in brackets) whether I have discharged the …

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