Not all is patient centredBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7154 (Published 21 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7154
- Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
Paternalism is well and truly out. The flavour of the era is patient centredness, even when the patient doesn’t want to make a decision or, worse, leaves it in your hands. “I’ll trust you to do what’s best,” I often hear. Well, that just won’t do in today’s medicine. Except, however, in the world of the multidisciplinary meeting.
What a great idea in theory: professionals from every specialty come together to make decisions in the best interests of patients. But, as usual, the reality differs markedly. Most multidisciplinary meetings go …