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Dilemma: Patient always attends with suspected abusive partner

A medicolegal adviser and GPs give their advice on how to help a patient with a suspected abusive partner who always accompanies them to appointments. This useful article explores a situation GPs may face only rarely in their career, but taking a few moments to consider a sensible approach could be life-saving.

Also see, NICE Quality standard (QS116) – Domestic violence and abuse (February 2016)NHS England. Adult safeguarding pocket guide, and GMC: Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information.

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