Letters “Informed choice” in a time of too much medicine

Informed choice involves many active skills

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4363 (Published 15 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4363
  1. Philip Timms, consultant psychiatrist1,
  2. Jacob Bird, ST4 psychiatrist1
  1. 1START team, 1 St Giles House, London SE1 7UD, UK
  1. philip.timms{at}slam.nhs.uk

We were intrigued by Johansson and colleagues’ notion that the process of informed choice might generate an over-medicalisation of life and health experiences. However, we had some problems with it.1

Firstly, the case scenario didn’t really illustrate a downside to informed choice, merely the danger of relying on a crude process of fitting patients to a diagnostic box rather than engaging …

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