Computer to select patients for survey

March 2006
GP: General Practitioner;3/31/2006, p8
This article focuses on an announcement made by the General Practitioners' Committee (GPC) of the British Medical Association, on the use of computers to select patients for medical surveys. The decision was made as it emerged that three quarters of Britons have never been consulted about the services of the National Health Service. Patients with disabilities or mental health problems will be offered appropriate support to enable them to take part. GPC deputy chairman Laurence Buckman said that the survey would be available in several languages and Braille, and that sign language translators and mental health workers would be able to support patients when required. Buckman said it was yet to be decided if there would be a minimum age limit, and if guardians should be allowed to respond on a child's behalf.


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