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Testing times for British patients . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 18 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2269

Is my test back yet?

The messy reality of British primary care is explored in an article called “The role of informal dimensions of safety in high-volume organisational routines: an ethnographic study of test results handling in UK general practice” (Implement Sci doi: 10.1186/s13012-017-0586-8). A quarter of a century after the arrival of the internet and the adoption of electronic medical records in UK primary care, there is no single streamlined system for letting patients know the results of their tests. A certain amount of improvisation is often needed, and by and large most systems seem safe. But some must be safer and more convenient than others.

Unfulfilled expectations in coronary disease

A group of 544 Swedish patients with stable coronary artery disease awaited coronary angiography with high …

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