Ensuring that guidelines are effectiveBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7011.1023 (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1023
- Charlotte Williamson
- Vice chairperson York Health Services NHS Trust, York YO3 7BY
Give them to the patient
EDITOR,--Richard Thomson and colleagues state that guidelines can help patients and professionals to make decisions about health care.1 But professionals may be reluctant to offer copies of guidelines to their patients. There are at least seven potential advantages in doing so.
Firstly, it could help give patients that sense of control over their …