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Clinical Review

Patients' view

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:40
  1. Nancy Corbett,
  2. Diane Deschambault
  1. with the support of Nancy A Santesso1

    Osteoarthritis is a painful chronic disease that will not get better, only worse. As two people with osteoarthritis in various joints, we know that it can affect your outlook on life as well as quality of life.

    Despite her disease, Mrs Patell wants to enjoy her evening cocktail and dinner wine as well as help her husband around the house. She did not present to her doctor with a complaint of pain and an interest in other treatments—she is likely to have been informed of these previously and tried them. Rather, Mrs Patell presents with information she received from her friend about possible harms …

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