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Letters Futility of nagging

Practitioners need input from behavioural medicine specialists

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5291
  1. Chris Bundy, reader, behavioural medicine1
  1. 1University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
  1. christine.bundy{at}

McCartney is right,1 nagging doesn’t work: it assumes deliberate non-compliance, undermining patients’ autonomy and intelligence. Some people need nudges (as I do to complete the review that has been sitting on my desk for 10 days) and others support (as I do to clear more urgent work to find time for that review), but few respond …

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