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The pressure of time

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7517.E375 (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:E375
  1. Douglas Kamerow, editor

    Primary care is a busy place. We don't limit what our patients can talk about. We don't have the luxury of saying this or that part of the body or disease is not our business. We don't just deal with prevention or diagnosis or treatment. Anything's fair game. This takes a lot of time.

    Most primary care doctors are paid by the visit. More visits and more complex visits mean more income. Time is limited. Everyone wants to be a member of the …

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