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Are you ready for “collaborative health”?

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 06 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3257
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
  1. The BMJ
  1. fgodlee{at}

“A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.” So said the Victorian essayist Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Patient centred care began as a correction of abuses, says our essayist Michael Millenson (doi:10.1136/bmj.j3048), a response to patients being treated like “imbeciles and inventory.” It is now a mix of partnership and paternalism, he says, and the real transfer of power is yet to come. He calls this result “collaborative health” and says it will shape 21st century medicine. So we’d better …

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