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Be open and honest with patients, says Scotland’s chief medical officer

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1058 (Published 28 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1058

Physician, heal thyself and thy profession

Physicians who reflexively blame themselves or their patients for poor clinical outcomes are overlooking other possibilities. While it is true that some physicians make mistakes and that some patients don’t cooperate, it is equally true that healthcare is imperfect, and that some modalities simply don’t work. This is why physicians don’t enjoy better health than their patients. So disappointed or disaffected physicians and patients should learn to question the underlying assumptions and science of healthcare. 


Competing interests: No competing interests

03 March 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA