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A method for increasing patients' recall of information presented by doctors1

  • P. Ley (a1), P. W. Bradshaw (a1), D. Eaves (a1) and C. M. Walker (a1)


Within minutes of leaving the consulting room, patients are frequently unable to recall what their doctor has told them. This paper describes a simple, practical method for increasing recall by the organization of medical information into ‘labelled’ categories. The success of this technique was demonstrated first in a laboratory experiment with volunteer subjects, and then in a naturalistic setting with general practice patients.



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Psychological Medicine
  • ISSN: 0033-2917
  • EISSN: 1469-8978
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