Doctors maintain patients' dependence, whereas counsellors give them control

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7079.517a (Published 15 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:517
  1. Janet Menage, General practitionera
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    Editor—In her news item on counselling in general practice Alison Boulton quotes remarks by Dr Bonnie Sibbald about patient confidentiality and outcome.1 These remarks exemplify the lack of understanding of many medical professionals about counselling and make me wonder whether primary care is the best place for counsellors to work.

    Counselling and medicine are of different cultures. Medicine is expert centred, whereas counselling is client centred. Medical …

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