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Letters Curiosity and compassionate care

Curiosity and compassionate care: rehumanising the admission clerking

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 20 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q441
  1. Stephen P Hibbs, clinical research fellow
  1. Wolfson Institute of Population Health, Queen Mary University of London, London UK
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Smith gives a tender account of the nurse who took an interest in her mother’s life and the profound difference this made.1 Are there small nudges we can make to spark curiosity about the patients we encounter in a busy clinical environment? I have approached this question through an indirect route: admission clerking.

While working as a senior house officer, I …

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