DOI: 10.1136/bmj.1.6014.897-c View full text |Buy / Rent full text

Abstract: In your leading article (27 March, p 729) you state that doctors "must, whenever possible, ensure that our patients are made to feel that they have taken part in the decisions that affect their lives." The real need is that patients must actually take for themselves the basic decisions that affect their lives. To this end the doctor's role must be to provide the relevant information in a way that it can be understood and to support the patient with advice, short of actually taking the decision for them.

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