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GMC guidelines will double ENT consultation times

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1058
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Keeping to the General Medical Council's current guidelines on good medical practice would more than double the length of individual consultation times in ear, nose, and throat outpatient clinics. This is the finding of a new study, whose authors suggest that it may be impossible to meet these demands and others without doubling staffing levels.

    The results of the study, which looked at the impact that the guidelines would have on otolaryngology outpatient consultations, are reported in Clinical Otolaryngology (2002;335-7).

    The report says that the GMC, in its booklets Good Medical Practice and Seeking Patients' Consent: The Ethical Considerations, has set out what should be discussed with a patient during a consultation before obtaining consent. In their study, the authors compared the length of a usual outpatient consultation with the length of a “good practice” consultation for …

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