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Consumers' Association calls for better information for patients

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7384.302/a (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:302
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Primary care trusts need to appoint information brokers to help explain a patient's condition to them, rather than expect hard pressed GPs to be able to spend time doing so, says the Consumers' Association.

    The proposal is one of a series of suggestions in a report published this week that outlines research into the changing needs of a public that is increasingly well informed about health issues.

    “Some health professionals can find this quite a challenge, not least when time is limited,” said Wendy Garlick, principal policy adviser with the association and author of the report. …

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