Reviews Soundings

Illness behaviour

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 28 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:709
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    We summarise the notes of patients joining the practice and put them on to the computer. The odd thing is that, often, if you have summarised the notes yourself, you almost seem to know the patient as they walk in through the door for the first time. In particular, you have a feel for their illness behaviour.

    In general practice there is a high “noise to signal” ratio of symptoms that signify self limiting rather …

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