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“Medication concordance” is best helped by improving consultation skills

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:670
  1. Judy Chen (, General practitioner
  1. Rushey Green Group Practice, London SE13 6LL

    E—“Medication concordance” is a term used to signify that the doctor and patient have come to a shared agreement about therapeutic goals.1 It is merely one end point; to have reached it the doctor would have had to develop a rapport with the patient, understood the illness in his or her terms, come to a shared understanding and agreement about the diagnosis, and imparted information about the proposed treatment and given alternative choices. The doctor should provide the patient with alternative professionals for …

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