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20 years is a generation of ill-served patients

Posted Jul 03 2008 12:11pm

They say it takes20 years for research findings to find their way into clinical practice. That's a whole generation of patients whose illnesses will be mismanaged not for lack of knowledge but for lack of communication.

Keep this in mind when you sheepishly approach a clinician with a print-out from the Internet: you may indeed know something the doctor hasn't heard yet. And with eating disorders, even experienced clinicians may not be familiar with current science and thinking in the field.

It helps if your print-outs come from good sources, likethis piece in the US National Institutes of Health Medline Plus magazine.

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