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Oxford Handbook of Patients' Welfare: A Doctor's Guide to Benefits and Services

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7188.948 (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:948
  1. Richard Neal, lecturer in primary care research
  1. Centre for Research in Primary Care, University of Leeds

    Adam Sandell

    Oxford University Press, £18.95, pp 283


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    The welfare of patients is at centre of medical care, either at the level of delivering “technical” welfare (removing a gall bladder or prescribing antibiotics to an ill child with otitis media) or delivering “social” welfare (non-medical interventions to improve health). Such social interventions include pastoral and spiritual support and providing practical and financial advice to improve quality of life. The balance between the provision …

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