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Written prompts to GPs to elicit patient concerns led to a small increase in 1 measure of patient satisfaction in self limiting illness

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 Q In patients with self limiting conditions, is prompting general practitioners (GPs) to elicit patient concerns beneficial?

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randomised controlled trial.

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immediately after consultation.

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4 semirural training general practices in the southeast UK.

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110 patients presenting with self limiting conditions. Exclusion criteria: referral to hospital, prescription given for purposes other than symptom control, or spontaneous expression by the patient of a clear concern about his/her illness.

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after a history and examination, 56 patients were allocated to written prompts to the GP to facilitate elicitation of patient concerns. Written prompts were “May I ask if you have any concerns about this [illness or …

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  • For correspondence: Dr M McLean, Henfield Medical Centre, Henfield, UK.

  • Source of funding: no external funding.

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