Letters Causes of avoidable harm

Consider paternalism

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5324 (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5324
  1. Michael R Chester, consultant cardiologist and director1
  1. 1National Refractory Angina Centre, Liverpool L14 3PE, UK
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    Misdiagnosis can and does have disastrous consequences for patients and carers.1 However, risk management from Caldwell’s old fashioned, doctor centric standpoint means that equally valid opportunities to reduce avoidable risk are overlooked.

    Patient centred clinicians are no less concerned with getting the diagnosis right but they insist that patients should be given the opportunity to be fully engaged in …

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