The patient or lay person as expert

A rejoinder


  • Rolf Wynn The Arctic University of Norway



forum discussion, rejoinder, lay person, decision-making


In the interview, Sarangi rightly points to the increasing drive to recognize patients, and more generally, lay persons, as experts and decision-makers. For instance, patients have their own unique knowledge of being a patient and receiver of healthcare services. A patient also knows what is important to him or her and must therefore play a crucial role in the decision-making process relating to the care given.

Author Biography

  • Rolf Wynn, The Arctic University of Norway

    Rolf Wynn received his PhD in linguistics from the University of Bergen, Norway, and his MD and PhD in medicine at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He is a full Professor of Psychiatry and the leader of the Psychiatry Research Group at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His research interests include health services research, digitalization, health psychology and clinical communication.


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Forum Discussion

How to Cite

Wynn, R. (2024). The patient or lay person as expert: A rejoinder. Communication and Medicine, 19(2), 186-188.