Honest patients

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This posting does not relate to this adorable little girl at all.

It’s common knowledge that when GPs in UK ask you how much alcohol you drink, or how many cigarettes you smoke, they mentally double your answer to calculate a more accurate amount. We don’t like to confess our sins to our doctors.

It was refreshing today to find some honesty. When taking a history from a middle aged woman suffering from bronchitis and high blood pressure, I asked if she smoked. She rustled around in her bag, came up with a pack of cigarettes and offered me one. Innocent and generous at the same time. At least I didn’t need to record it in the QOF.

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