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Randomised trial comparing prototype structures for clinical letters
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  1. G Wynn1,
  2. D Hindley2
  1. 1Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, UK
  2. 2Fairfield General Hospital, UK; dthindley@doctors.org.uk

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A seven and a half minute consultation leaves a GP little time to extract the salient points from waffling clinical correspondence. Consultants’ letters to GPs often contain minimal structure, yet GPs prefer letters containing lists of key problems and management issues.1–3 We examined whether highly structured letters, using headings and bullet points, were preferred over problem/management list letters or unstructured …

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