Telling it how it isBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7445.918 (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:918
- Pippa Keech, general practitioner
- Forestside Practice, Marchwood, Southampton
The patient, an elderly lady dressed only in her underwear and petticoat, stands mutely beside our lecturer as he tells us, third year medical students, about her disease. He leads her along the lecture platform, demonstrating her abnormal gait, and turns her away from us and gets her to flex her spine so that we can see how it curves abnormally.
Move forward 15 years to an arthritis management day. This time our patient introduces herself as she sits among our small group of doctors. She is a “patient-partner,” …