Education And Debate

The general practitioner's role

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.672 (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:672
  1. Angela Douglas, general practitionera
  1. a The Surgery, Woodbury, Exeter EX51NZ

    In commenting on this article, I am conscious of the dangers of drawing conclusions from only one side of the story, and so I shall concentrate on some general issues raised.

    Firstly, who is the patient? M's needs are the subject of the letter and are the responsibility of the doctors caring for her. Her parents, however, will have needs of their own, and attempts should be made to ensure that the two are not confused. Both will need to be addressed but not necessarily by the same professional.

    Decisions about treatment are ideally taken by the patient based on advice from doctors …

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