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Only half of GPs in study knew that advance directives could carry legal force in UK

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:123
  1. Kevin Stewart, Consultant physician. (,
  2. Lesley Bowker, Medical registrar,
  3. Suzy Hayes, Specialist registrar.,
  4. Michael Gill, Consultant physician
  1. Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester SO22 5DG
  2. Newham General Hospital, London E13 8SL

    EDITOR—Zaman and Battcock are right: doctors need to know more about advance directives.1 We hope that our paper will help them.2 Like Zaman and Battcock, we conducted a postal survey, surveying all 270general practitioners who refer patients to our hospitals in Hampshire and London; 214(79%) replied. …

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