Helping patients and doctors to talk to each other !
Thursday, July 10, 2014
For patients considering surgery, knowledge is power
Clear, specific patient education helps patients - and surgeons !
Decision and communication aids used in orthopaedic practice had
benefits for both patients and surgeons. These findings could be
important in facilitating adoption of shared decision-making tools into
routine orthopaedic practice.
Some surgeons are worried that if they tell the patient all the possible risks and complications of surgery, they will be scared and refuse the surgery.
As this study shows, this is not true ! Surgeons need to respect their patient's intelligence, and help them to make the right decision for themselves by sharing information. Patients trust doctors who are open and transparent.