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Patients' preferences need thinking through for the NHS

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:450
  1. Ann P Bowling, professor of health services research (,
  2. Gene Rowe, senior research scientist,
  3. Nigel Lambert, acting director
  1. Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University College London (Royal Free), London NW3 2PF
  2. Consumer Sciences Group, Institute of Food Research, Norwich NR4 7UA

    EDITOR–Kennedy comments that a mature culture will settle on sharing power and responsibility, on a subtle negotiation between professional and patient about what each wants and what each can deliver.1 But how will clinicians and health policy makers react to patients who want the least effective treatment, which may also be …

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