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Jane Bates: I’m just a girl who can’t say no...or yes

Jane Bates struggles to stick to the point when taking part in a health questionnaire. 
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Jane Bates struggles to stick to the point when taking part in a health questionnaire

‘I’m just a girl who cain’t say no,’ sang Ado Annie in the musical Oklahoma.

Well, I’m just a girl who cain’t say yes or no, I discovered, when taking part in a health questionnaire. ‘These are yes or no answers,’ said the person grilling me, pointedly.

I ask patients for ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers all the time, sometimes screaming the words in my head as they go off on tangent after tangent. But sometimes sticking to a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ seems impossible.

Not so easy

My interrogator was patient, posing questions such as: ‘Have you consulted your GP in the last two years?’ I defy anyone to give an answer of

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