Patient perspectives

The medical profession has become much more technologically advanced and aware of the importance of prevention and detection of disease before symptoms appear and before treatment becomes imperative. 

For patients, it is disconcerting to be offered choice in screening decisions or treatment options. … How does one choose without knowing what the doctor knows? The patient often feels a time pressure to decide …

Not everyone is able to clearly articulate their questions, fears, or values. It takes a skilled physician to determine if what is being said is what is meant. It also takes time, often more time than busy doctors have to devote to individual patients, but it is time well spent.

Everyone is different. Every disease takes a different path. Everyone has emotions and values and preferences. So—how to help?

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