Help patients recognize how important their opinions are
“Too often in medicine, health care providers assume what patients want or need. Like the crocodile, we may assume all patients would want a tire removed in order to help extend their life – even if the cure meant losing the only thing that made their unique life worth living. The burden of changing health care should not rest on the shoulders of patients facing major medical decisions, suffering symptoms, worrying about their future, and struggling to advocate for themselves. It is important we help patients recognize just how important their opinions are.”
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Karen Sepucha is a research scientist.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “We must help patients recognize how important their opinions are.”
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