Physicians Aren't Giving Patients the Whole Story

In their consultations with patients, physicians too often omit information about disease and treatment, leaving patients unprepared to make fully informed decisions about their care, researchers say.

3 comments on "Physicians Aren't Giving Patients the Whole Story"
Garry Goe, MD, FACEP (11/10/2010 at 10:45 PM)

The article seems to blame physicians as the problem for pooly informed decision-making. The reality is the economic pressures of the system and poor health literacy won't allow for the level of education supported by the FIDM. Patients pay for my professional opinion and must trust in my advocacy to support their values. If I have to educate every patient about every facet of their care, I'd see three patients a day. Medical care is too complex. Knowing our patients as best as we can, we have to navigate the course and make recommendations to them, sifting out options based on our education and training. I am not wiki-physician. I'm not paternalistic either, just realistic.
William Bodnar (10/20/2010 at 1:11 PM)

The issue of patients received clear, understandable information has been with us forever. The issue of patients actually making informed decisions....decisions that weight the risks, benefits, pain, all costs and viable options.....will continue to emerge as baby boomers age and the web removes historic impediments. Greater patient involvement and understanding is one critical need if we are to reduce overall spending in the years ahead.
guitardiva (10/15/2010 at 10:29 AM)

Indeed. Recently, I was handed a prescription for a new medication and when I asked what the known side effects were, I was told "Don't sabotage yourself." What kind of communication is THAT?


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