Most Won’t Disagree With Docs, Even If They Want To
If you think your doc is giving you bad advice, would you tell him? A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine says the answer is “probably not.” The researchers, who surveyed 1340 adult patients about a hypothetical scenario of deciding on a treatment for heart disease, found that 93 percent of patients could envision asking questions and 94 percent could envision discussing preferences with their doctors. And now the bad news. Only 14 percent would voice disagreement with their physician if their preferences conflicted with physician recommendations. They also found that while nearly 80 percent felt that they had the ability to disagree, only 14 percent thought that disagreement with their physician was socially acceptable and only 15 percent thought it would lead to good outcomes. What do you think? Let us know in the comment space below.