exit problem

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A term used by family physicians to describe a problem mentioned seemingly as an afterthought by patients just as they are going out the door. This may in fact be the real reason for the encounter but could not be mentioned until the patient plucked up enough courage to mention it, half-hoping the physician would dismiss it. Public health administrators encounter exit problems, too, under similar circumstances, and these may be serious and important.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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