Doctors as patients: postal survey examining consultants and general practitioners adherence to guidelinesBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7210.605 (Published 04 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:605
Vignettes included in questionnaire sent to doctors
Attitudes to the use of health care
1. What if you were due to be on duty on a Tuesday morning but had been up all night vomiting and still felt nauseous?
2. What if you had noticed blood in your urine over the last 12 hours?
3. What if you had noticed a growing dependency on alcohol over the last 3 months in order to relax, help cope with work or other stresses, and had already made an unsuccessful attempt to cut down?
4. What if you had experienced a sudden onset of repeated headaches over the last week?
5. What if you were experiencing symptoms of anxiety, heart palpitations, light headedness, sweating, and feelings of panic that had been going on for two weeks?
6. What if you suspected that you had a stomach ulcer (gastric and tenderness for the past week)?
7. What if you had experienced a steady increase in tendency towards lethargy, low mood, poor concentration, and weepiness over the past four weeks?
Attitudes to the use of health care for illness in the family
1. What would you do if a close relative, a child, in your house at the weekend developed acute tonsillitis? Would you call out a general practitioner, go to a cooperative group practice out of hours clinic, prescribe an antibiotic, go to a hospital accident and emergency department, or persuade them to wait until Monday then go to a general practitioner?
2. What do you do if a close relative was extremely anxious (heart palpitations, trembling, nausea) about a forthcoming interview or examination and asked for help? Would you prescribe an anxiolytic for him/her, persuade them to go to a general practitioner, or persuade them to be patient and stick it out?
3. What would you do if your spouse or a close relative was unable to sleep following a burglary at home? Would you prescribe an hypnotic for the person, persuade them to go to a general practitioner, or persuade them to be patient and stick it out?
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