How do patients in a rural setting respond to receiving a copy of their general practitioners letter?

Ir Med J. 2008 Mar;101(3):84-5.


The practice of sending copies of General Practitioners (GPs) letters to patients is not new. As a team in Geriatric and general internal medicine in a rural secondary referral hospital, we asked patients for feedback on how they felt about copies of their GPs letters being sent to them. 126 (96%) of patients were not frightened by the letter. 110(85%) would prefer to continue receiving these letters. Patients in a rural setting want to receive letters about their own medical care.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Communication*
  • Feedback*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Physicians, Family*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development
  • Rural Population*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires