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Factors influencing investigation

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

  • clinical findings on history and examination eg a past medical history of admission for pneumonia

  • social factors eg smoking history

  • psychological factors eg anxiety caused by cancer in a relative or friend

  • the doctor's temperament and attitudes eg ability to cope with uncertainty

  • the doctor-patient relationship

  • the availability of diagnostic services

  • the time of day, night or week eg Friday evening

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