What's new this month in BMJ JournalsBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1353 (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1353
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The walking wounded avoid painkillers
Patients presenting to the minor side of an accident and emergency department with pain rarely take analgesics before attending. Their reasons include not having tablets and not liking tablets, or they regard their pain as insufficiently severe. Only 6% had not given the matter any thought. These authors are now trying to ascertain the expectations of “walking wounded” patients who are in pain.
Genetic counselling should be individualised
Women at risk of familial breast cancer were asked how they wanted their clinicians to explain their personal risk. There was no consensus: some wanted the description as a number but others preferred words, which they viewed as less precise' …