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Letters Telling me you don’t know is ok

Telling me you don’t know is ok, but not explaining functional neurological disorder is not

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 24 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1158
  1. Jan Coebergh, consultant neurologist1,
  2. Kim Hearne, chief executive officer2,
  3. Tim Nicholson, consultant neuropsychiatrist2
  1. 1Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey KT19 0PZ, UK
  2. 2FND Action, Chatham, UK
  3. 2South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. jan.coebergh{at}

We were very pleased to hear from a patient about their illness journey and agree that, when appropriate, uncertainty should be acknowledged by healthcare professionals and communicated to patients and their carers.1 Two of us (JC, TN) run specialist clinics for functional neurological disorders and one of us (KH) is the chief executive officer of a related charity (FND Action). We agree that a diagnosis …

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