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How can patients be better involved in their care?

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Jones H (2013) Any qualified provider: facilitating patient choice. Nursing Times; 109: 17/18, 22-23.

“When patients are referred to specialist services, it is important they have the opportunity to choose a service that best suits their needs. To make this a reality, the government has introduced Any Qualified Provider (AQP) - referrers can show their patient a list of appropriate services that meet standard requirements. This article explains how an AQP pack was developed for continence services.”


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