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Patient-partners may be political correctness gone too far

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:783
  1. David Carvel, locum GP (
  1. Glasgow G41 3EH

    EDITOR—A partner is “one who shares equally with another,” according to the New Collins dictionary.

    To have a patient-partner is a bit of an oxymoron and perhaps a case of political correctness gone too far.1

    My feeling is that this is not what doctors or most patients wish in general practice. If I visit my lawyer or dentist I trust his or her knowledge and experience as being superior to mine and take their considered …

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