There is growing interest in the adoption of patient-based assessments for the training of general practitioners. Consumers are in a unique position to comment on the quality of the doctor-patient interaction. Involving consumers as partners with general practice (GP) registrars and GP educators in the development of a patient feedback instrument enhances the relevance and acceptability of consumers as educators in GP training. It also demonstrates that social and medical agendas can be harmonized. Two patient feedback instruments on interpersonal skills were trialed in a training program for general practitioners in Australia. It was found that one of the instruments was more discriminating than the other because of its different response scale.