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GPs want more help and training in sick note certification

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5688 (Published 05 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:b5688
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Most general practitioners have had no training in sick note certification, and some doctors want the responsibility for issuing sick notes to be removed from GPs altogether, finds a survey of almost 1000 GPs in the United Kingdom.

    The findings are based on 878 (42%) completed questionnaires out of 2154 sent to a random sample of GPs between June and August 2008 in a bid to provide hard data on the sick note certification practices of GPs and their views on how the process might be changed (Fam Pract 2009; doi:10.1093/fampra/cmp096).

    The mean number of weekly sick notes …

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