Intended for healthcare professionals


Vive la différence?

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:e

What do you do when there is mutual distrust, conflict, personal abuse, and blame? When the protagonists have differing world views, steeped in historical rivalries that resurface at each encounter? When finding a new resolution seems harder than agreeing to differ? In this issue we suggest that a constructive dialogue is the first step that doctors and managers must take in working together for better patient care (p 609).

Indeed, this issue is our own experiment in constructive dialogue. The BMJ and the Health Service Journal—a publication for managers—shared the planning, and we hope that you …

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