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"How on earth can we advance transparency without fuelling obsession and neuroticism? Any ideas out there?" Paternalism par excellence. As an insulin-dependent diabetic, the only person who knows how much insulin I've taken in any given month is me. Therefore, the only person who can really interpret the "numbers" and work out their importance is me. It may be a lot of work to prepare notes for patients, but that doesn't mean the work shouldn't be done. Other countries successfully run systems where patients hold their own notes and the patients in those countries apparently cope just fine. If anything, it would seem that UK docs favour a lack of transparency in order to infantilise their patients, thereby maintaining the doctor's own "status". Ask yourselves this - if you're in hospital or have a chronic disease, would you rather be kept in the dark and unaware of your own "numbers"? If not why do you expect the same from your patients? UK doctors like to moan in the press about how patients don't take responsibility for themselves yet these same doctors will do everything in their power to prevent patients from having the information they need to take responsibility for themselves. You can't have it both ways.

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07 Nov 2014

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