National patient groups are a resource underutilised by GPsBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7173.1658 (Published 12 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1658
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- Peter Lapsley, Chief executive
- National Eczema Society and the Skin Care Campaign, London NW1 1BU
EDITOR—Although Meryn is right to identify the need for improvements in the ability of doctors to communicate with patients, his proposal that communication skills should be included as a mandatory element of the medical school curriculum offers only a partial solution.1
However accomplished a communicator a doctor may be, three factors conspire to inhibit …
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