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Using established forums to improve difficult doctor-patient relationships

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 09 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i760
  1. Clare Lister, higher trainee in psychiatry1,
  2. Joe Reilly, professor of mental health2,
  3. Helen Beckwith, trainee clinical psychologist3
  1. 1Tranwell Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead NE10 9RW, UK
  2. 2Mental Health Research Group, Wolfson Research Insititute, Durham University Queen’s Campus, Stockton on Tees, UK
  3. 3School of Psychology, Ridley Building 1, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. clare.lister{at}

We read Cocksedge’s personal view with interest, having recently completed a systematic review into this area ourselves.1 The idea of difficulty within the doctor-patient relationship is not new. Doctors are trained to care for and treat patients to cure or improve their symptoms, yet it can be a struggle to fulfil …

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