Monday, 14 March 2016

The paternalism preference – choosing unshared decision making. NEJM August 2015.

This article discusses the medical informed consent process and how much information is adequate to give patients.  The last paragraph of the articlesummarises the points well… ”The doctors I admire most are characterized not by how much they know but by a sophisticated intuition about how best to share it. Sometimes they tell their patients what to do; sometimes they give them a choice. Sometimes, when discussing treatment options, they cover all seven tenets of informed consent. Sometimes, instead, seeing the terror of uncertainty in a patient’s face, they make their best recommendation and say, “I don’t know how things are going to turn out, but I promise I’ll be there with you the whole way.””

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