Letters “Patientgate” and digital recordings

Using a caregiver, partner, or parent as a “listening device”

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2516 (Published 03 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2516
  1. Douglas R Wholey, academic1
  1. 1Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
  1. whole001{at}umn.edu

There are analogous situations to that described in “Patientgate.”1

Consider a caregiver who accompanies an elderly patient to an appointment with the doctor. The caregiver can help the patient remember what the doctor said, describe what he …

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