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GP appointment times hit diagnostic ability

3rd June 2010

An Aviva UK Health survey of 200 GPs has suggested that doctors are struggling to diagnose patients because appointment times are too short.

Some 43% said a lack of time with patients affects their ability to diagnose, 57% said they have less time with people than five years ago, 50% said short appointment times affect their ability to do their job, while just 7% are confident it has no impact. Most GPs (89%) would like 20 minutes per patient - double the current standard of 10 minutes each.

 

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