Do Patients Want to Participate in Medical Decision Making?
Strull, William M.
JAMA. 1984 Dec 7; 252(21): 2990-2994.
A survey of hypertensive outpatients and their physicians in three different clinic settings revealed differences between patients and physicians in their perceptions of disclosure and decision making. Patients wanted more discussion of therapy and of decisions about treatment but preferred to leave decision making to their clinicians. Physicians underestimated both the amount of information patients received and the amount they desired, but overestimated both the amount of actual patient participation in decision making and their patients' desire to make decisions. The authors suggest that, in view of these discrepancies, physicians and patients should engage in direct discussion of their preferences. (KIE abstract)
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