Alcohol and drug services have been patient centred for years

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7304.111 (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:111
  1. Rod MacQueen (randjmac@ix.net.au), staff specialist, alcohol and other drugs
  1. Orange, 2800, NSW, Australia

    EDITOR—Stewart's summary of and enthusiasm for a patient centred approach is most welcome.1 I believe that one additional feature of this approach should be added—namely, that it acknowledges the reality of patients accepting or rejecting our advice or treatment. Clinicians working with patients with alcohol and other drug problems, particularly those working in the harm reduction model, have known this for years.

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