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Letters Importance of patients’ preferences

Time for a “patient’s page” in hospital notes

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 21 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8556
  1. Jacqueline Maxmin, retired general practitioner and vocational training scheme course organiser1
  1. 1London N10, UK
  1. jackiemaxmin{at}

As two recent articles say,1 2 patient preferences need to be understood better. A conversation that includes the patient in the treating team may indeed help, but what matters most to him or her is wider than preference for treatment options.

In 2002 I wrote a Personal …

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