The BMJ patient issue
- By: Anna Ellis
The BMJ has published its first issue dedicated to patients in its 160 year history. Hilda Bastians editorial is a taste of the issue, aimed to appeal to a wider audience as well as doctors and medical students.
The BMJ is convinced that the relationship between the public and the medical profession will undergo a profound change over the next decade. People are becoming increasingly health savvy, and public trust in the medical profession is currently shaky.
How might the relationship change over the next 10 years? Will there be a move to a consumer oriented industry or a greater partnership avoiding this conflict?
Medical education is slowly changing to keep up, but students should think about this issue, as it will affect their working lives.
What makes a “good patient”? Should drug companies be allowed to talk directly to patients in the United Kingdom? What about patient rights in