Writing to patients: 'putting the patient in the picture'

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dc.contributor.author O'Reilly, Máire
dc.contributor.author Cahill, Mary R.
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-06T08:50:37Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-06T08:50:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2005
dc.date.issued 2005-02
dc.identifier.citation O'Reilly, M., Cahill, M., Perry, I.J., 2005. Writing to patients: 'putting the patient in the picture'. Irish Medical Journal, 98(2), pp.58-60. en
dc.identifier.volume 98 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 58 en
dc.identifier.endpage 60 en
dc.identifier.issn 0332-3102
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/92
dc.description.abstract We have explored consultant, general practitioner and patient attitudes towards the proposal that following an outpatient consultation, consultants should consider communicating directly with patients in the form of a summary letter, with a copy to the referring general practitioner or other professionals as appropriate. We conducted in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of 20 consultants, 16 patients and 12 general practitioners. The consultants and general practitioners were both involved in the care of participating patients. Patients highlighted the likely value of summary letters including, increased knowledge, improvement recall of the clinical encounter, and reassurance. Clinicians were concerned that patients would not understand letters from consultants. Additional concerns included the impact of letter on consultant-general practitioner relationship and medico-legal issues. These findings reflect fundamental differences in expectations about the nature and quality of communications between doctors and their patients. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organization en
dc.relation.uri http://www.imj.ie//Issue_detail.aspx?issueid=+&pid=526&type=Papers en
dc.rights ©Irish Medical Journal 2005 en
dc.subject Doctor-patient relationship en
dc.subject.lcsh Physician and patient--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Communication in medicine--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Medical consultation en
dc.title Writing to patients: 'putting the patient in the picture' en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucc.ie/en/epid/mstaff/ivperry/ en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ivan J Perry, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. Email: i.perry@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 348863
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Medical Journal en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress i.perry@ucc.ie en


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