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Patients put their relationship with their doctors as second only to that with their families

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:581
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    The relationship between doctors and their patients has become less paternalistic and still holds a central and trusted place in society, a new international study has found. But its authors warn that, to keep that status, doctors will need to measure up to patients' higher expectations of care.

    At the World Medical Association's annual general assembly in Helsinki this week, Mike Magee, the association's senior fellow in the humanities, described a study of the perceptions of 3707 …

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