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Doctors should help patients to communicate better with them

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:784
  1. Dominic F Slowie, clinical fellow in primary care (
  1. Department of Primary Health Care, The Medical School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR—When was the last time that you visited a doctor? Did you think that you were given all of the information you sought? Did you come away feeling there were still questions you wanted to ask but didn't for whatever reason? Did you feel vulnerable?

    If you felt somewhat disempowered on considering your answers to these questions you are not unusual. If you went into your consultation armed with medical knowledge and still came away feeling less than satisfied consider …

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