Spotlight: insect and tick bite management
Insect bite consultations are common in primary care and treatment is usually with antibiotics. However, Public Health England claims that one in five GP antibiotic prescriptions may be inappropriate. A survey by a subgroup of the RCGP overdiagnosis group examined current practice in insect and tick bite management.
Spotlight: physical health risks of patients with an eating disorder
The outer consultation: additional factors affecting the doctor-patient relationship
Good communication during a GP consultation is essential and leads to better outcomes for both the doctor and the patient. In this article, Dr Jamshid Nikkhah asks what other societal, economic and political factors impact on this communication and the relationship between doctors and their patient.