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Letters Empowering patients

We must join forces with our patients

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 24 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7047
  1. Jonathon Tomlinson, general practitioner
  1. 1Lawson Practice, London N1 5HZ, UK
  1. jonathon.tomlinson{at}

Power relationships between doctors and patients are more than economic and professional.1 They also reflect structural inequalities that relate to education, social contacts, wealth, race, sex, social class, language, literacy, …

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