Wednesday, June 22, 2005

"Expert patient"--dream or nightmare?

"Expert patient"--dream or nightmare? : An interesting and frank perspective on why doctors sometimes feel threatened by the "expert patient". I heartily agree with the conclusion - "Doctors need to act on what they already know—that all patients are experts, however uninformed or misinformed they may be about health issues. Patients' expertise is valuable because by understanding the patient's views and situation, the doctor is better equipped to identify a solution that will lead to a successful outcome, however defined."

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