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Learning from patients
  1. Abi Berger
  1. London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abi Berger, London, UK; bmjsrh{at}

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Behavioural change is something we all face, and it can be hard. Sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) service users are as affected by this as anyone: maybe a man needs to tackle a problem with chemsex; maybe a woman would benefit from trying an unfamiliar contraceptive – despite reservations – or maybe someone needs to find the courage to discuss a sensitive sexual issue with a partner.

A completely unexpected discussion I had with a patient last week taught me something important about this. He had made and kept an appointment with me, a general practitioner (GP) he had never met, to convey his appreciation of the services he’d received from the practice and also to tell me about what he’d done for himself in the last month. In …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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