Author's reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.627 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:627
  1. Charlotte Paterson
  1. General practitioner Warwick House Medical Centre, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2YJ

    EDITOR,—Crispin Jenkinson's sweeping dismissal of patients' symptoms is perhaps explained by his seclusion in an academic health services research unit. The “measure yourself medical outcome profile” (MYMOP) is designed as a tool for primary care, and my experience as a general practitioner shows that symptoms are patients' expressions of their problems. Because the MYMOP allows patients to express those symptoms in their own words it is not, as Jenkinson suggests, a “medicalised approach,” which …

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