Briefing: Can we reduce overtreatment?

A new campaign aims to address “over-medicalisation” and increase patient involvement in decision-making. But what does that mean in practical terms?


Risk: Free will in consent

Much has been written about the need to determine competence and what information a patient should have when providing valid consent to treat – but there is also a vital third element: ensuring free choice


Profile: The accidental editor

Adam Campbell meets Dr Fiona Godlee - the forthright BMJ editor not afraid to take a stand


Making a medical app

What goes into the development and testing of a medical app? Here Matt Wickenden describes how one innovative app was custom created for use by respiratory specialists


Dementia friendly dentistry

Dental care for patients with dementia presents some obvious challenges – but also opportunities


DILEMMA: Do I accept a “Friend” request from a patient?

I am on Facebook and recently received a Friend request from a patient. Is it okay to accept?


Ethics: A vice-like grip on virtue

Can virtues become vices in healthcare – and vice versa?


Book choice: A is for arsenic

The poisons of Agatha Christie

Vignette: Innovator in palliative care, Dame Cicely Saunders

Julia Merrick recounts the life and career of this unique physician

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