The doctor will move in with you nowBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6325 (Published 26 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6325
- Helen Macdonald, assistant editor, The BMJ, and GP, London
If only I had more time with my patients they would be healthy, I would be fulfilled, and the world would be a better place—so the myth goes. General practitioner Rangan Chatterjee threw away his 10 minute appointment slots and moved in with patients for this series.
Pratiksha, a middle aged woman with obesity, stress, and anxiety and a variety of symptoms, consumed pots of over-the-counter remedies. She and her partner, Sandeep, taking three antidiabetes agents and with poor control of his type 2 diabetes, were the subjects of the first episode. In the second episode a weight lifter with chronic back pain and an appetite for prescription opioids, who turned out to have body dysmorphia, took centre stage, along with his youngest son, who has eczema.
So what happened …