Much of the effort involved in the explanation may be wasted if the clinician fails to inform colleagues of the substance of the discussion. This is particularly the case if ihe patient has been seen by a hospital-based doctor and the continuing care is the responsibility of the family practitioner. Nurses and other health care professionals should also be appropriately informed, always respecting the overriding wishes of the patient. Very occasionally a patient may insist that the family doctor is not contacted. A doctor can overrule this refusal if clinical necessity demands hut this should be documented and the general practitioner informed of the situation.
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