Asking patients to write lists

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7007.746a (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:746

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  1. Alejandro R Jadad
  1. Postdoctoral fellow Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5

    Randomised controlled trials support it

    EDITOR,--Despite increasing evidence supporting the relation between effective clinician—patient communication and improvement in patients' health, communication problems in clinical encounters are still extremely common.1

    Strategies to improve communication between patients and clinicians can target history taking or the discussion of the management plan, or both. They can be simple and cheap or require expensive technology. John F Middleton found he could ask his own patients to write lists of their …

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