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Patients can educate doctors about long term disease

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:785
  1. James Phillips, trainer in self management of chronic disease (
  1. Bath BA2 1HL

    EDITOR—Two fifths of both men and women reported having a longstanding illness.1 The role of patients2 in chronic disease is different from that of patients in acute disease Patients with acute disease are usually happy to do what they are told and are generally cured and able to continue with their business. In chronic illness, however, the …

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