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    1976

Symptoms perceived and recorded by patients.

@article{Morrell1976SymptomsPA,
  title={Symptoms perceived and recorded by patients.},
  author={David Cameron Morrell and Christopher Wale},
  journal={The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners},
  year={1976},
  volume={26 167},
  pages={
          398-403
        }
}
Health diaries were kept by 198 randomly-chosen women between the ages of 20 and 44. Symptoms were recorded on one day in three and on 57 per cent of symptom-days self-medication occurred. Even a minor shift from self-care to doctor care could make intolerable demands on the general-practitioner service in this country.Only a minority of symptoms (one in 37) are taken to the doctor and patients are highly selective in deciding which symptoms are appropriate for medical care. The perception of… CONTINUE READING

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