Dr Tessa Richards trained at Guys Hospital in London and worked in the NHS as a general physician and rheumatologist and subsequently a general practitioner before joining the BMJ. She currently leads the BMJ’s Patient Partnership initiative and established its Overdiagnosis series. She is a columnist and blogs regularly on patient perspectives. Theme issues she has coordinated include Partnering with Patients and Health in the Middle East. Her interests include international health and European health policy. Her viewpoint is coloured by undergoing treatment for stage IV adrenal cancer and as a carer for close family members with rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, and blindness.