Why patients consult and what happens when they do.

  title={Why patients consult and what happens when they do.},
  author={Ewart Martin and David Russell and Sarah Goodwin and Rachael Chapman and Malcolm North and Paul Sheridan},
  volume={303 6797},
OBJECTIVE To study patients' perceptions of why they consulted the doctor, how ill they thought they were, and what happened in the consultation. To compare patients' perceptions before and after the consultation and to compare these perceptions with those of the doctor. DESIGN Patients filled in a questionnaire before and after the consultation. The doctor filled a questionnaire in after the consultation. SETTING Three general practices in Bedfordshire and one in Hertfordshire. PATIENTS… CONTINUE READING