Bmj Usa: Letter

RAPID RESPONSES FROM BMJ.COM: Running faster but doing less

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E71
  1. Adrian Townsend (, general practitioner
  1. Stockbridge Surgery, Hampshire, UK
  2. University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas
  3. London, UK

    This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

    Editor—There may be no evidence that we are working harder than our predecessors, but that is because we have dropped a lot of the activities that were undertaken by previous generations of doctors: We no longer do antenatal clinics, postnatal visits, post-op house calls, chronic visits, or even our own acute visits, finding it more efficient for one partner out of four to do all the …

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