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Sixty seconds on . . . shared appointments

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 15 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4321


Shared medical appointments—just say no


Shared medical appointments

  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Ah, a new policy to cut GP waiting times?

You may think so from last week’s Daily Telegraph1 headline which screamed: “GPs to see patients in groups of 15.” In fact, the newspaper was reporting a discussion about shared appointments at the recent Royal College of General Practitioners conference.

Sounds cosy, what are we talking about?

Patients attending shared appointments usually share a key attribute, typically their medical condition. Appointments last around 90 minutes and involve a multidisciplinary …

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