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BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Apr;20 Suppl 1:i67-8. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs.2010.046813.

Expert patients: learning from HIV.

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UCSF, Box 0563 LR-102, San Francisco, CA 94143-0563, USA. mcooke@medicine.ucsf.edu

Abstract

The outbreak of HIV in the early 1980s saw widespread activism among patients and community supporters. The author, a young physician in San Francisco at the time, describes how coming of age as a clinician in the midst of this activism affected her concept of the patient-physician relationship. The insistence of a particular patient, Robert, on specifying his treatment goals illustrates that even people with substantial cognitive challenges can participate in their own care in an egalitarian and active manner.

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21450776
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PMC3066846
DOI:
10.1136/bmjqs.2010.046813
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