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Can patient centered outcomes research improve healthcare?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 31 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3859

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Re: Can patient centered outcomes research improve healthcare?

"Patient-centredness" is an oxymoron. As doctors, patients are what we deal with and on both an individual and population basis we are by definition centred on patients and their outcomes. I fail to see how so-called patient centred research is any different from other clinical research.

Is it just me, or is the concept one of these Emperor's Clothes things with attendant complex jargon? I am always uncomfortable reading about stakeholders, streams, procedural assessments and participatory approaches; certainly with regard to the last of these it would be difficult to expect any results if neiither doctors nor patients participated.

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 August 2015
Andrew N Bamji
Retired consultant rheumatologist
Norman House, West Street, Rye TN31 7ES, UK