A gadget that changed my perspective

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:845
  1. Tim Wilson, general practitioner
  1. Benson, Oxfordshire

    Without understanding the impact that illness has on a patient's life, it is difficult to know whether or not the care that you are giving is doing what was intended—reducing the load of disease. We sometimes design medical systems that inadvertently add to the patient's burden, either through complicated schedules—for example, drugs, appointments, or investigations—or difficult treatments (with unwanted effects). How can we understand the effects of disease and the healthcare system on …

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