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Managing rude patients

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 01 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5816
  1. Nishma Manek, foundation year 2 doctor
  1. 1Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
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Patients should expect high standards of professionalism in their interactions with doctors. Nishma Manek reflects on the difficulty of managing patients who do not demonstrate the same courtesy


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