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Editor's Choice

Familiarity breeds better outcomes

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 02 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j558
  1. Elizabeth Loder, head of research
  1. The BMJ
  1. eloder{at}

Let’s be clear: familiarity breeds better outcomes. People who have a usual, continuous source of primary medical care generally do better than those who don’t. We know this, and yet everywhere primary care and general practice are in crisis.

The United Kingdom is no exception. Its medical schools are “training future doctors for yesterday,” say our editorialists John Oldham and Sam Everington (doi:10.1136/bmj.j294). Only 5.9% of UK medical school professors are GPs. As in the United States, there is prejudice and “institutional discrimination” by medical leaders …

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