Intended for healthcare professionals

Letters Communication in difficult situations

Patients are not friends

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 25 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5744
  1. Fatima Bahadur, locum GP1
  1. 1Oxford, UK
  1. fatima_bahadur{at}

If I inadvertently offend a friend, offer bad advice, or overstep the boundaries, I’m generally able to attempt a reconciliation without fears of legal action. This is not the case with patients. In some cases I will reorganise my day …

View Full Text

Log in

Log in through your institution


* For online subscription