Breast screening – impatient re ‘patient’ label

How much longer will authors, journalists and others continue to label women invited to breast screening as ‘patients’. They are not patients, as Hazel Thornton points out in a rapid response posted to Adrian O`Dowd`s report last week: “Patients are deceived over benefits and risks of screening, MPs hear”.
BMJ 2014;348:g3960 13 June 2014. They are citizens, people, women.

This adds to the medicalisation of society.

However, if they attend breast screening they have a 3 to 1 chance of becoming patients.


About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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