Patient education is not a treatment modality

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7370.971/a (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:971
  1. Jeremy J Jones (jeremy.jones@nww-tr.wales.nhs.uk), consultant rheumatologist
  1. Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2PW

    EDITOR— In their editorial Riemsma et al treat patient education in rheumatoid arthritis as a treatment modality, showing that it produces some minor improvements in a series of outcome measures.1

    I have some reservations about treating patient education in this way. Providing people with medical conditions with information about their options is now an ethical requirement so that they can give informed consent. In such an …

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