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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 370-375

Who's My Doctor Today?

Emeritus Professor of Surgery, former founding Head, School of Medical Education, and Director, World Health Organisation Regional Training Centre for Health Development, University of New South Wales, Australia

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Ken Cox
8 Vernon Street, Hunters Hill, NSW 2110
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Clinical practice is not always user-friendly. Specialisation fragments patient care across different investigations and modes of management. Increasing hospital throughput, especially by day surgery, diminishes the time available for students and other health professionals in the team to interact with the patient and verify the appropriateness of the care plan. Patients are at a serious disadvantage in ensuring that their concerns are understood, and in negotiation of which management plan would optimise the outcomes they seek.

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