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Doctors and nurses: changing family values?

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:463

We want to hear about how doctors and nurses work together

  1. Celia Davies, professor of health care,
  2. Jane Salvage, editor in chief,
  3. Richard Smith, editor
  1. Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
  2. Nursing Times, London NW1 7EJ
  3. BMJ

    Next April Nursing Times and the BMJ will publish special joint issues on doctors and nurses working together. Both publications have explored the relationship before. Both are again keen to understand when the partnership works well, where it fails, and how it can be improved. As such, we are collaborating in assessing and editing articles for this joint theme issue. We welcome original research on doctors and nurses working together in different healthcare settings, highlighting how, where, and why good practice develops. We want to encourage reflections on bringing down barriers: What needs to change to make partnership a reality? Or ispartnership itself a misguided goal in the healthcare field?

    Doctor, nurse, patient—these three roles have always been at the heart of effective health care. Understand them as a household, 19th century nurses were often told. The husband-doctor …

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