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Doctors shadow patients’ experiences for “NHS Change Day”

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 10 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2024
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

A GP who spent NHS Change Day on 3 March in a wheelchair has said that the worst thing about the experience was the social isolation.

Jonathan Griffiths, from Cheshire, who shared his experience on Twitter and in blog posts, said that his pledge for the day, which aims to inspire staff, patients, and the public to do something better together to improve healthcare, increased his empathy for wheelchair users.

“What struck me was how the little things we all take for granted became so much more difficult. Things like getting through doors, driving …

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