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Work Roles and Responsibilities in Genitourinary Medicine Clinics

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 04 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1517
  1. M Fitzgerald

    Isobel Allen, Debra Hogg Policy Studies Institute, £17.95, pp 256 ISBN 0-85374-570-6

    Why should non-specialists want to read a book about work roles in genitourinary medicine clinics? The answer relates to the way the genitourinary medicine service has been a precursor of some of the most important recent developments in medical services generally.

    In genitourinary medicine customer choice has always been paramount: it is an open access service, and patients themselves decide whether to attend a clinic or see their general practitioner. A particular objective has been to encourage patients with minor symptoms to attend early and so to reduce the rate of onward transmission of infection. In this the clinics have clearly been successful, with around two million patient visits annually and the incidence of gonorrhoea in England one fifth …

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