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Why do doctors find some patients difficult to help?

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Almost all doctors encounter difficulties in managing some patients. Previous studies have examined the characteristics of such patients: we have additionally studied the reasons why hospital doctors find these patients 'difficult to help'. Three clinics (two medical and one surgical) were studied. The consultants rated 60 (22%) of 293 attenders s severely or extremely difficult to help. Difficulty was associated with greater patient distress (odds ratio 3.9; 95% CI 2.0-7.7), less patient sat...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Psychiatry
Seagroatt, V More by this author
Warwick, H More by this author
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Journal:
The Quarterly journal of medicine
Volume:
87
Issue:
3
Pages:
187-193
Publication date:
1994-03-05
ISSN:
0033-5622
URN:
uuid:1c4de6fd-3cec-4597-b4d2-e5905b43ba86
Source identifiers:
175842
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pubs:175842

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