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Haslam D. Diagnoses may tell us more about the GP than the patient. Practitioner Dec2017;261(1810):31

Diagnoses may tell us more about the GP than the patient

20 Dec 2017Registered users

Have you noticed how often you read about a condition, only to diagnose it for the first time within a few days? Sometimes a little cluster of cases will appear, and then just as suddenly will disappear again. It’s pretty clear that many of our patients’ diagnostic labels may be greatly influenced by the interests of his or her doctor. Diagnoses often tell us more about the doctor than the patient. One doctor's diagnosis of depression is another's ‘pull yourself together’.

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