The other side of the fence

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 09 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a966
  1. Rebecca Anne Dobson, specialty trainee 1, North Cheshire NHS Trust, Manchester
  1. rebeccadobson{at}

    Having recently been ensconced in hospital as an inpatient for seven days, I have been “released” with a new perspective on life as a patient. The clinical care I received was second to none, and I am interminably grateful to all of the healthcare professionals involved. But as the days passed, I began to understand why patients can become so upset, disillusioned, and even aggressive during their hospital stay.

    Lying in a hospital bed gives …

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