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Lost to follow-up generally refers to participants who drop out of a study. In this article, lost to follow-up pertains to patients who do not seek a follow-up after initial consult to a physician. This has been an issue for some patients I have seen in the hospital. Some of the reasons why patients do not return are symptom relief, finances, proximity of house, or having to go to their respective provinces. Personally, I would be happy if the reason for not doing a follow-up was symptom relief barring awaiting necessary results from certain ancillary procedures. However, I would really prefer to assess the patients again after the initial consult to make sure that disease has been treated. For the MIMS community, do you have experiences of losing patients to follow-up? What are some of the reasons that they cite? Can you think of solutions to lessen the incidence of lost-to-follow-up-patients?