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Letters Guidelines and clinicians’ time needed to treat

Guidelines also need to consider what patients and families must—and can—contribute

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 07 February 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p286
  1. Caroline Mawer, ill health retired doctor and person with multimorbidity
  1. London, UK
  1. caroline.mawer{at}

Johansson and colleagues say that guidelines should consider clinicians’ time to treat.1 Equally, it is rarely acknowledged that implementing guidelines requires appreciable amounts of patient and family time—and has considerable opportunity costs for daily life.

This is especially true for patients with …

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