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Fam Pract Manag. 2002;9(1):14

To the Editor:

Thank you for “Seven Reasons to Dictate in the Presence of Your Patients” [September 2001, page 37]. I had been toying with the idea of dictating in the room with patients ever since I saw the orthopedic specialists doing it during my residency.

I tried it and liked it so much that I will continue it indefinitely. Many of the benefits mentioned in the article have already materialized. In addition, I’ve noticed one benefit that was not mentioned in the article: privacy. I no longer have to worry who is listening as I stand at my station or duck around the corner to dictate sensitive information.


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