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Letters from beyond: do patients attending Genitourinary Medicine clinics want their general practitioner to know?
  1. N M Steedman1,
  2. D Clutterbuck2
  1. 1Department of Genito-urinary Medicine, Lauriston Building, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Borders Sexual Health Service, Galashiels, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 N M Steedman
 Specialist Registrar in Genito-urinary Medicine, Department of Genito-urinary Medicine, Level 1, Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9HA, UK; nicola{at}nmckinney.freeserve.co.uk

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Communication standards between physicians in Genito-urinary Medicine (GUM) and general practitioners (GPs) remain a vital but largely neglected area of study.1 As a result of historical statutes many clinics still communicate with GPs only when patients are formally referred from general practice, but this policy may not reflect current patient or GP preferences.2

All patients attending the GUM clinic in the Scottish Borders complete a registration form that includes a section concerning communication with their GP; therefore, a retrospective analysis was performed on a random sample of 630 case notes (43% male and 57% female) from patients attending between 2002 and 2006.

Overall, 54% of patients …

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