Fillers A memorable patient

Using patients for teaching can enhance their lives

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1255
  1. Martin Rhodes, general practitioner

    The students were in the last firm of their first clinical year, so I asked them if there was something they wanted to do that they hadn't covered. The answer was kidney disease. Now the trouble with kidney disease is that there often isn't much of a history, and, until it gets to end stage failure, there aren't many signs. We base our teaching around patients, and the only patient we had in the practice with anything worthwhile to show the students was a rather depressed 80 year old woman who was struggling with home peritoneal dialysis. I didn't …

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