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Referral letters are inadequate

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1481
  1. Peter Ward,
  2. John Carvell
  1. Orthopaedic registrar Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Salibury District General, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8BJ

    EDITOR,—Paul Little and colleagues' finding that when patients present with acute back pain most general practitioners do not routinely examine them for muscle weakness and sensation1 agrees with a recent audit that we have performed to assess the contents of referral letters sent …

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