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Letters Copying letters to patients

Copying in or copping out?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 10 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2688
  1. John Main, consultant nephrologist1
  1. 1James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW
  1. john.main{at}

    I’m all in favour of health literate patients1—indeed, I see my role as helping patients understand what is happening to them and detailing the options so they can then choose what they want.

    But I don’t copy my letters to them.

    The purposes of clinic letters are to communicate with general practitioners and keep a legible record in …

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