Letters Copying letters to patients

Most patients want copies of letters from outpatient clinics and find them useful

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7412.451 (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:451
  1. B Ronan O'Driscoll, consultant respiratory physician (ronan.odriscoll@srht.nhs.uk),
  2. Jan Koch, senior house officer in medicine,
  3. Constantinos Paschalides, house officer in medicine
  1. Hope Hospital, Salford M6 8HD

    EDITOR–Chantler and Johnson proposed action research on the proposal to send patients copies of clinical correspondence, and Essex discussed the issue of copying letters to patients in the patient issue.1 2

    Since April 2002 we have offered all patients the option of receiving copies of letters to their general practitioner from a chest and cardiology clinic. Of 1717 monitored consultations, 1504 patients …

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