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Letters Writing outpatient letters to patients

Remember the value of outpatient letters for integrated care

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 13 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m952
  1. Mary-Rose Shears, general practitioner and primary care dean
  1. Health Education England working across South London, Stewart House, London WC1B 5DN, UK
  1. mary-rose.shears{at}

As a primary care dean with educational responsibility for transforming the primary care workforce, I was disappointed to read Rayner and colleagues’ article on writing outpatient letters to patients from solely a secondary care perspective.1 I endorse their proposal to promote patients’ understanding of their health and management; my patients frequently ask me …

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