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Fillers A patient who changed my practice

“That's very nice, but will it get me pregnant?”

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:895
  1. Robert Varnam, general practitioner (
  1. Robert Darbishire Practice, Rusholme Health Centre, Manchester

    I have to confess, I didn't understand the question at the time. A year later, I am starting to. I was an eager new general practitioner and member of a research team investigating how the internet might influence patients' use of primary care, and we had just begun offering free internet access at our deprived inner city practice. I had filled the waiting room with posters advertising the service, and a member of staff was on hand to guide newcomers through the web. With our new PC and a cup of coffee, we would help …

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