Do Physicians' Own Preferences for Life-Sustaining Treatment Influence Their Perceptions of Patients' Preferences?
Schneiderman, Lawrence J.
Kaplan, Robert M.
Pearlman, Robert A.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1993 Spring; 4(1): 28-33.
Since physicians are powerful agents in the medical decision-making process and are the ones who ultimately control the treatments and procedures, we posed the following question: Are physicians' actions influenced by their own attitudes toward life-sustaining treatments and procedures? In this report, we compare (1) patient preferences for specific procedures, with (2) physician predictions of their patients' preferences, with (3) physician preferences for themselves. Our hypothesis was that physicians' perceptions of their patients' wishes for treatment would be influenced by what they would want for themselves if they were in the same situations. Therefore, our expectation was that physicians' predictions of their patients' choices would be closer to their own choices for themselves than to the choices expressed by their patients.
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Do Physicians' Own Preferences for Life-Sustaining Treatment Influence Their Perceptions of Patients' Preferences? Schneiderman, Lawrence J.; Kaplan, Robert M.; Pearlman, Robert A.; Teetzel, Holly (1993-03)