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People with learning disabilities should be partners too

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:786
  1. David Martin, clinical audit coordinator (
  1. Brooklands, Birmingham

    EDITOR—Often arguments around the patient-doctor relationship—as for patient as partners raised in the eBMJ1—assume that patients can understand and communicate effectively. This is not always the case for people with learning disabilities.

    Any discussion on patients' decisions …

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