Do patients with unexplained physical symptoms pressurise GPs for somatic treatment?BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7451.1319-b (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1319
Summary of rapid responses
- Birte Twisselmann, technical editor
EDITOR—The qualitative study by Ring et al on whether patients with unexplained symptoms pressurise their doctors for treatment together with the accompanying editor's choice provoked a strong response.1 2 The main criticism levelled at both is that none of the authors is a general practitioner and therefore cannot speak with authority.
Second comes the acknowledgment that there are indeed patients who are difficult and a …