A word of caution on a noble role

For lawyers advocacy means presenting a case for another, providing legal advice and arguing cases in court.

Should GPs be involved in advocacy, and what does that mean?

Many people say GPs are ideally placed to act as advocates for their patients or for particular causes which may be environmental, political (e.g. against capital punishment), economic and so on.

Some assert that GPs have a professional obligation to be advocates, and others see that as inappropriate because of possible conflicts of interest or risk of paternalism.

Others see advocacy as an every­day activity for most GPs who