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Doctors' perceptions of patients' wishes influence decision to prescribe drugs

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:211
  1. Wolfgang Himmel, Research fellow.,
  2. Michael M Kochen, Professor of general practice
  1. Georg-August-University Göttingen, Medical School Department of General Practice/Family Medicine, D-37075 Göttingen, Germany

    EDITOR–The BMJ published several studies last year on the influence of the expectations that patients have of prescriptions.13 One of the most striking results of these studies is the fact that not only do patients' expectations influence …

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