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Helen Salisbury: Risk taking and decision making

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 13 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m573
  1. Helen Salisbury, GP
  1. Oxford
  1. helen.salisbury{at}
    Follow Helen on Twitter: @HelenRSalisbury

My patient was coughing but is better now. Meanwhile, blood tests reveal that, although there are no signs of infection, she’s mildly anaemic. Should I repeat the test? Add some other blood tests to look for a cause? Check for blood in the stool? What I decide to do, and how soon, will be a matter of judgment, taking into account exact numbers, deviation from previous results, her other health problems, and what she herself thinks. We may also consider how easy it is for her to come to the surgery for further tests.

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