Improving doctors' letters

Alan Rodger
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05121.x
Published online: 3 February 2003

To the Editor: I support Tattersall and colleagues1 in their attempt to use a wee bit of science and a dose of common sense to improve doctors' letters. While I would love to receive letters based on their proposed "prompt sheet", and should really try much harder myself to follow it, I'd be only too pleased — in the interim, while we await enlightenment — to receive any letter from some of my colleagues with whom I share what is supposed to be "multidisciplinary care" of patients. There is a research project in this for the brave to find out why, too often, communication is not merely inadequate but non-existent.


  • 1. Tattersall MHN, Butow PN, Brown JE, Thompson JF. Improving doctors' letters. Med J Aust 2002; 177: 516-520.<eMJA full text>


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