Patient-partners may be political correctness gone too farBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7212.783b (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:783
- David Carvel, locum GP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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 …