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J R Soc Med. 1995 December; 88(12): 702p–703p.
PMCID: PMC1295421

Why do people go to their doctors?


The evidence presented here suggests for most people deciding to consult a doctor is not a common event and that they have 'good' reasons for consulting, when they do, which are tied up with their own personal and social circumstances. Their evaluation of the care they receive will be tied to how far their specific problems and associated needs are met.

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