What do patients really want?

a doctor taking a patient’s blood pressure

We are, more than ever before, a society which goes to great lengths to take care of our bodies. We’re reading more food labels, taking time for the gym, doing yoga and meditation to “connect” with our inner selves…yet when it comes to our own medical treatment decisions, we are surprisingly out of touch.

The body blind spot When we are diagnosed with a medical condition, even a minor one, we are often so concerned with getting better that we develop a treatment blind spot, failing to consider the following: Is the proposed treatment my only option? Why has it been proposed? What are the advantages and disadvantages of all my treatment options? How will the side effects of this treatment affect my quality of life? What implications does my treatment have, beyond recovery? What is the evidence that my treatment has been effective in similar conditions to mine? If I chose to do nothing at all, how would my condition Read more