Letters Making mindset matter

Effects of patient mindset raise a legal dilemma

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1271 (Published 10 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1271
  1. Dieneke Hubbeling, consultant psychiatrist,
  2. Manhal Zarroug, higher trainee in psychiatry,
  3. Robert Bertram, associate specialist
  1. Wandsworth Crisis and Home Treatment Team, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, London SW17 7DJ, UK
  1. dieneke{at}doctors.org.uk

Crum and colleagues1 argue that mindsets are important in medical treatment. They refer to several empirical studies indicating that the way patients are informed about their condition and treatment influences the outcome. Giving information about risk and side effects is not a wholly neutral act: it …

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