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Letters Empowering patients

Asking the right questions is key

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 24 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7050
  1. Huw Llewelyn, general physician and endocrinologist, Hon Fellow
  1. 1Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth SY23 3BZ, UK
  1. hul2{at}

Perhaps the ability to ask the right questions is the intellectual foundation on which patient power should be based.1 Patients hand over control to doctors and other professionals by allowing them to ask questions and perform physical examinations and tests. It is …

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