Doctor Knows Best, or Not


Another article in the NY Times, Science section deals with the approach and attitudes toward their patients. I’ve had a doctor say to me that he hears my view on various treatments but his role is to educate me. Summarily disregarding my view of how I should be treated and for what. Many doctors tend to be authoritarian and prefer not to be questioned or challenged in their views and treatment procedures.

Instead doctors need to consider patient preferences and treatment choices. There should be shared decision making with active participation of the patient at all times.

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