"Concern over the use of Patient Opinion"
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Posted by Small (as ),
I have read much about the wonders of Patient Opinion but would like to use this opportunity to raise a concern I have about the potential for stories to mislead.
If patients/users/carers are going to post their experiences they need to act responsibly when doing so to make sure that the story told accurately reflects the events that took place. The words chosen need to be carefully considered because they are very powerful.
I think Patient Opinion has a role to play in this. Ensuring the accuracy of a story is not the same as censoring stories. It is about acting responsibly.
If we do not all act responsibly I believe we will push the day when our health service is truly mutual further and further away because the trust that has often been hard won will vanish very quickly.