To Dr Lilienthal on the 80/20 rule, I say this: GPs don’t all work the same way, and nor should we

Dr Chris Jones

This blog is a response to Dr Craig Lilienthal’s article on the 80/20 rule, where he said he was “horrified” to think of the care that was being delivered to patients whose GPs were seeing 80 patients, or providing 80 services, more than 20 days each year.

First of all, I totally agree with the general sentiments in his article regarding the 80/20 rule. If a doctor works at that rate, he or she is not going to be thorough enough and mistakes will be common, not to mention that the notes are likely to be a little sketchy.