I broadly agree with Rameshwar's viewpoint that the function of repositories is to serve as knowledge warehouses, but I think that there is a danger in positioning solely doctors as gatekeepers. In the appropriate scenarios shouldn't nurses and community health workers (who are also far more numerous) also be trusted with conveying stored knowledge to patients? Or is this a reservation concerning professional judgement?
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