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GPs are plunged into new cox-2 confusion

Patients who believe their GP is committed to their care and pays attention to their concerns are less likely to report an adverse event, qualitative research by Dr Robert Varnam has found.

He also found patients were more prone to report GPs if they believed they were being ignored. These GPs were more likely to be found to have made an error.

Dr Varnam, a GP in Rusholme, Manchester, said patients' views of GPs' ability were strongly linked to how much the doctor empathised with them or how 'hard' they worked to treat them.

He said: 'If you are not committed you are more likely to make a mistake and the patient is less tolerant.'

Dr Varnam, a clinical research fellow at the University of Manchester, interviewed 34 patients.

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