Letters Theme issue for patients

Losing core readers?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7412.448-a (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:448
  1. Jennifer Caddy, consultant anaesthetist (jennifer.caddy{at}panp-tr.northy.nhs.uk)
  1. Pontefract General Infirmary, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1PL

    EDITOR–I'm not sure I like the new look BMJ. It's difficult to tell the adverts from the articles. The guest editor, Lynn Eaton, talks about managing the changing doctor-patient relationship and says it's going to be a challenge for everyone involved in health care.1

    Thinking about this, I wonder why asking for the date of women's last menstrual period (for example, on x ray request forms) is still used as a substitute for asking them if they could be pregnant. It implies they can't be trusted to know.

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