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As an experienced general practitioner (GP), I have a fair idea of what any paper about a chronic illness will say. There are certain themes that recur, and I thought it would be useful to bring them together here. For any chronic condition, any paper or report will say some or all of the following:
This disease is very common (incidence or prevalence). It is associated with extra morbidity and/or mortality. It is underdiagnosed. It is not as well recognised …
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