Letters

Patients in rheumatology clinics need reassurance

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7256.300 (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:300
  1. Eleanor Grogan, senior house officer,
  2. Andrew Frank, consultant physician in rehabilitation medicine,
  3. Andrew Keat ([email protected]), consultant rheumatologist
  1. Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ

    EDITOR—As rheumatologists, we were delighted to see your issue devoted to chronic disease. Donovan and Blake are to be congratulated on tackling the important issue of reassurance in chronic disease management.1 The reassurance seemed, however, directed to the doctors' expectations of the patients' concerns rather than the patients' actual fears. Neither the preliminary interview nor the consultation seemed to define what patients actually worried about. …

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