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Giving patients a tape of their consultation could help improve control of complex conditions such as diabetes, a GP researcher claims.

A study published in this month's British Journal of General Practice found 64 per cent of patients who listened to a tape of their consultation found it useful. Some 24 per cent noticed information they had not heard in the consultation.

Author Dr Tom Brown, a GP in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, said it could be a 'useful tool'. He added: 'I think it would be useful in diabetes where you have lots of complex messages going across at the same time.'

Dr Brown said some GPs would initially feel 'vulnerable' having their consultations re- corded and there were potential problems with confidentiality.

The randomised controlled trial involving 180 patients found 46 per cent said their understanding of the consultation improved after listening to the tape. Half of the listeners shared their tape with others but 21 per cent of those found this to be unhelpful or very unhelpful.

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