Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Practice Essentials

Writing outpatient letters to patients

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 27 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m24

Linked Opinion

Writing letters directly to patients puts them at the centre of their care

Rapid Response:

Readers & Writers

Collegial and coequal, readers and writers reciprocate. Readers start at the beginning and work forward, but writers start at the end and work backward. Like alpha and beta, but neither is greater, readers and writers explore reason and reality in parallel, but they need and meet each other in a series of remote tête-à-têtes that let needs be met. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 February 2020
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA