Thinking back to the UK press stories about ICUs not being able to cope, health care staff dying from contact with patients at service provision centres, taking into account the generally limited active surgical anatomical interventions that are available for strokes and the complexity of deciding who would benefit from these interventions, a decision not to seek hospital care by patients and doctors is not so surprising?
Patients make clinical decisions, too, as well as doctors described in the UK GMC's https://www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/ethical-guidance-for-doctors/dec.... There were no Cochrane databases to help balanced decisions between the risks of entering hospital for intensive investigations and poossibly catching COvid and staying at home. A difficult call?
HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data
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