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Letters Standing during consultations

Sitting during consultations encourages higher order thinking

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2305
  1. Martin Wilkinson, general practitioner1
  1. 1Health Education West Midlands, Birmingham B16 9RG, UK
  1. martin.wilkinson{at}

It is common in the UK to stand during the consultation while greeting patients and examining them.1 As well as being good for the doctor’s health, greeting patients in the waiting room and guiding them to the doctor’s office improves communication and can give clues to the patient’s health.

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