Patients at the centre: in our practice, and in our use of language

Guyate, Gordon; Montori, Victor; Devereaux, P. J.; Schünemann, Holger; Bhandari, Mohit
January 2004
Evidence Based Medicine;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p6
Academic Journal
The article presents information about a parental model of patient care. The parental model has its strengths and in the past it is very likely that many patients preferred leaving the decisions to their doctors, particularly when the knowledge gap between physicians and the lay public was greater. Parental approaches to decision making have limitations related to physicians' evaluation of how patients value benefits and risks. One issue is physicians' tendency to assume that physiological outcomes will lead to improvements in mortality and quality of life.


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