A new report claims that the relationship between GPs and patients is under pressure and that the traditional model of 'doctor knows best' is eroding.
The study by Demos, 'The Talking Cure: Why Conversation is the Future of Healthcare', is produced in partnership with Diabetes UK, Rethink and Pfizer UK.
The report argues that people, especially those with rare or chronic diseases, want to participate more in their own treatments and that GPs and policymakers must "embrace patient engagement in medical treatment and healthcare, rather than stigmatising informed patients as 'cyberchondriacs'".
Heart of the proposed NHS consultation
The report also recommends that the government should create 'Wikirecords' or online, accessible records which patients could contribute to and comment on, and that the government should place GP-patient relationships at the heart of the proposed NHS consultation.
The report is the outcome of a nine-month research project looking at ways to rebuild the crucial few minutes of conversation between patients and GPs.