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Self-monitoring, systems, and chronic disease

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:E331
  1. Douglas Kamerow, editor

We've all had patients who pay too much attention to their chronic conditions and breathlessly report every minor symptom or fluctuation. Others appear disconnected from their diseases and are genuinely surprised when informed that things aren't going well. In general, it seems desirable for patients to be actively involved in monitoring their health. But it turns out that if you have a chronic disease, sometimes it's a good idea to monitor yourself, and sometimes it may not be.

George Stergiou and …

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