Letters Let the patient revolution begin

Let the patient evolution continue

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3554 (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3554
  1. David B Menkes, associate professor1
  1. 1University of Auckland, Private Bag 3200, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
  1. david.menkes{at}waikatodhb.health.nz

Richards and colleagues make an impassioned plea for a “patient revolution” on the basis of several recognised and correctable deficits in paternalistic Western healthcare.1 A sudden vast change (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/revolution) is neither desirable nor likely, given the variability in patients’ motivation and capacity to participate in …

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