Fillers A patient who changed my practice

It is too easy to blame only the patient

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7303.31 (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:31
  1. R J Daniels, general practice registrar
  1. Devon

    As a trainee general practitioner in ophthalmology, I spent every Monday morning in the diabetes clinic. After five years in hospital medicine I had come to associate a fat stack of notes in young people with poorly controlled diabetes and the inevitable “you must do better or you will go blind/get renal failure/get angina/have a stroke” advice falling on deaf ears. I always felt that, no matter how I explained things, these sorts of patients either didn't understand, didn't believe me, or just …

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