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Doctors need to adopt “realistic” medicine, says Scotland’s chief medical officer

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i392 (Published 21 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i392
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Scotland’s chief medical officer wants the profession to take a critical look at modern practice and abandon the outdated “doctor knows best” culture by better supporting patients in taking informed decisions about their own treatment.

In her first annual report since taking over the role, Catherine Calderwood has called for a debate among doctors about modern medicine, which she says may be causing hidden harm through overtreatment.1 She wants to establish a system of “realistic” medicine where …

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